Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot i0n launch imminent

All three models were produced together by the three manufacturers and are expected to be sold at around the same price when they arrive in Europe.

However, despite Mitsubishi enjoying success with the i-MiEV in Japan, the French manufacturers are expecting to sell strongly in European markets where the likes of the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 are already established models in the city car sector.

The prices, which include both the car and batteries, are expected to be between £10,000 and £15,000 when the cars arrive in the UK. The price can be reduced when bought in conjunction with the government’s green car grant, which offers £5,000 off low-CO2 cars from 1 January.

The city cars feature a 64bhp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Citroen C-Zero has been confirmed as being capable of 0-62mph in 15 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.

With a range of 80 miles, the C-Zero and i0n are designed for city driving and can be charged fully in six hours or 80 per cent in 30 minutes when a 400V supply is used.

The introduction of the Peugeot i0n and Citroen C-Zero will be a boost to both manufacturers, and could even reduce Citroen’s average CO2 emissions below the target of 130g/km by 2012.

Citroen is also investigation larger electric vehicles such as the Survolt sports car in an effort to further improve emissions across its range.