Citroen has launched eC3, its first electric car in India. Prices for the entry-level electric hatch start at Rs 11.5 lakh and go up to Rs 12.43 (both prices ex-showroom). Bookings for the battery-powered car commenced in January at a token amount of Rs 25,000.
An all-electric derivative of Citroen C3, the crossover is based on the same platform as its internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered sibling. The high-riding hatch is broadly classified into two trim lines— Live and Feel. The latter is available with dual-tone colour schemes as well as an optional Vibe pack.
Styling and features
The exterior design of eC3 is identical to its petrol-powered equivalent with only the eC3 badges slapped on the fender and the tailgate being the differentiating elements between the two cars. Even the front fascia of the battery-powered car is a mirror image of C3, featuring the same grille and air intakes along with the Chevron logo. The charging port is placed on the front right fender.
The layout inside the cabin is also identical to C3 with a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display being the highlight. Other features offered in the package include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, connected car tech via MyCitroen Connect app, a 4-speaker audio system, a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, dual airbags, and more.
Powering eC3 is a 29.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivering energy to the electric motor mounted on the front axle. This powertrain returns a peak output of 56 bhp and 143 Nm of peak torque. The battery offers a claimed range of 320 km (as per MIDC cycle). It also benefits from regenerative braking along with two driving modes–Eco and Standard.
Citroen is offering a 3.3-kW onboard AC charger with eC3, capable of CCS2 fast-charging that can fully replenish the battery in 10.5 hours. Using a DC fast charger, the battery can be juiced up from 10% to 80% in just 57 minutes. As for performance, the electric crosshatch can clock a top speed of 107 kmph while it can accelerate 0-60 kmph in 6.8 seconds.
The French carmaker is offering a seven-year or 1,40,000-km warranty on the battery pack, a five-year or 1,00,000-km warranty on the electric motor, and a three-year or 1,25,000-km warranty on the car itself.
(Images courtesy: Citroen)
Edited by Teja Lele