The project is called the DS3 Electrum and it promises performance capabilities “consistent” to that of the standard Citroen DS3 range, whilst keeping emissions to zero at the same time.
The powertrain in this concept features two 65kW electric motors, powered by a lithium-ion battery and all located on the front axle, thus ensuring cabin and boot space is unchanged compared to the standard DS3.
It has not been revealed just how fast the DS3 Electrum can go, but Citroen does give the supermini and estimated range of up to 75 miles.
The French manufacturer also says that the electric DS3’s battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes, when using a quick-charge docking station.
For now it is unclear whether the Citroen DS3 Electrum will remain a concept or emerge into a full production model. However its makers say that the electric powertrain set-up featured in this car can be utilised in other Citroen models without requiring extensive re-engineering.
Therefore it’s possible we may see many other models from Citroen’s current and future range receive a similar treatment like the DS3 has enjoyed.
The standard Citroen DS3 supermini is still available on the UK market, with prices starting from £12,600. The DS3 can be bought at Perrys Citroen Dealerships located in Barnsley, Huddersfield and Milton Keynes.