Citroën C-Zero (2016) Guide

Citroën C-Zero (2016) Guide

A joint project between Mitsubishi, Citroën and Peugeot resulted in the production of the triplets; Citroën’s C-Zero, Peugeot’s iOn and Mitsubishi’s iMiEV. Launched back in 2010, these EV’s were part of the electric revival. The only differentiating factor between the three is the manufacturer’s badges which can be a little confusing. Nevertheless, they are accessible and cost-effective. The C-Zero is best suited for short-distance driving, although it does have rapid charge capabilities for longer trips.

Electric Range

93 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£2.02

Battery Size

16 Kwh

3.7Kw Charge

5 Hours

Connector Type

Type 1

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS Max 40kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a C-Zero

The C-Zero and iOn come with a battery size of 16 kWh and has an official WLTP range of 93 miles. However, real-world reports suggest the range on these vehicles is more often around the 60-70-mile mark.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger but given the small battery size, charging times won’t be as long as it is for other EV’s. A 3kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 18 miles*.

Although the C-Zero and iOn appear pretty basic in their overall design, they both boast rapid charging capabilities with a CHAdeMO connector; this will enable you to make use of fast chargers, which will be necessary for longer trips. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the C-Zero will charge from 20-80% in just 20 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the C-Zero and iOn have a max DC rate of 40kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 40kW. Perhaps more importantly, its max AC rate is 3.7kW; installing a fast 7kW charger at home will therefore not be worth it in the short-term (unless of course, you own another, more powerful EV).

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 8 hours for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 5 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 5 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 20 mins for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

What are people saying about the C-Zero?

The C-Zero is one of the cheapest EVs on the market. If you’re looking to transition to the EV lifestyle for your everyday short commutes but don’t want to fork out for the all-singing all-dancing high-tech EV models coming out, the C-Zero could be ideal.

A tremendous little run-around EV. The C-Zero is essential in its design; there’s no fancy tech going on here (no lane-keeping assistance or reverse cameras available), but that’s part of what makes it so accessible. If you want to reduce your CO2 emissions by choosing electric for those weekly trips to the shop, for visiting nearby relative or using for the school run each day, this small, compact city car is both economical and practical.

Deceptively spacious with a tall roof, you can easily and comfortably accommodate four passengers. However, given its limited range, you will need to keep it regularly topped up and is often best suited for households with two cars – the other being more appropriate for longer journeys. Although this model is no longer in production, it may be possible to pick up a second-hand one for a reasonable price. It may not be the most advanced EV around, but it does the job and by swapping ICE for electric, no matter how short the journey, always helps.