Citroen India has finally launched its debut EV, Citroen eC3 in India at a starting price of Rs 11.50 lakh. The EV is based on the ICE hatchback Citroen C3. News of an electric version of the C3 had been floating around since last year. The electric hatchback finally broke cover in January after a series of teaser reveals. The Citroen eC3 is available in two variants – Live and Feel.
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Citroen eC3: What’s on offer?
Cosmetically, the Citroen eC3 is identical to its ICE sibling, apart from a few EV-exclusive changes. The electric hatchback ditches the exhaust pipe and gets a charging port. Inside, the EV retains the theme of the C3 hatchback but ditches the gearbox for a drive selector. Citroen has been able to reduce the manufacturing cost of the eC3 by a considerable margin and is producing it alongside the C3. The bulk of the additional costs come from sourcing the eC3’s battery pack from China.
Powering the Citroen eC3 is a single electric motor that can produce a peak power output of 57hp and 143Nm torque. In comparison, the ICE C3 produces 110hp and 190Nm. Its nearest rival, Tata Tiago EV produces a maximum power of 74hp (55 kW) and 114Nm peak torque.
As mentioned earlier, Citroen is sourcing the battery pack from China. This 29.2 kWh battery pack offers a driving range of 320km. In comparison, Tata Tiago EV is available in two battery pack options: 19.2 kWh and 24 kWh. The former offers a driving range of 250km while the latter offers 315km.
The 3.3kW home charger can replenish the battery pack in just under 11 hours. There is also an option of DC fast charging, using which the EV can be charged from 10-80% in under an hour.
In terms of features, the Citroen eC3 gets a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a four-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and more. The infotainment system is also compatible with the MyCitroen Connect app which offers a host of features like displaying the charging status and locating nearby charging stations.
Here’s what the full price list for the Citroen eC3 looks like.
|Live||Rs 11.50 lakh|
|Feel||Rs 12.13 lakh|
|Feel Vibe Pack||Rs 12.18 lakh|
|Feel dual-tone Vibe Pack||Rs 12.43 lakh|
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The eC3’s battery pack comes with a warranty of 7 years/1,40,000 km. Meanwhile, the electric motor gets a warranty of 5 years/1,00,000 km and the EV gets an overall warranty of 3 years/1,25,000 km. Priced at Rs 11.50 lakh, the Citroen eC3 will rival Tata Tiago EV, which is currently the most affordable in the Indian market. It will also lock horns with Tata Tigor EV.
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