Citroen is now taking reservations for the new eC3 for a small fee of Rs 25,000. Those who want to buy the EV can do so at Citroen dealerships or on the brand’s website. The eC3 is an electric version of the C3 high-riding hatchback, and it comes in two versions: Live and Feel. It will be sold in stores starting in February.
The Citroen eC3 has a 29.2kWh battery pack that powers the electric motor on the front axle, which makes 57hp and 143Nm of maximum torque. With this output, the electric hatchback can supposedly go from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 107 km/h. Citroen also gave the eC3 electric regenerative braking and two driving modes: Eco and Standard.
The eC3 has a range of 320 km, according to the ARAI. The EV has two ways to charge. The first is a DC fast charger that can charge the battery pack from 10% to 80% in 57 minutes, according to the company. The second is an onboard 3.3kW AC charger that can also fast charge with CCS2. With a home charger, the battery can be charged from 10% to 100% in 10.5 hours.
Like the gasoline-powered C3, the electric eC3 comes in two different styles: Live and Feel. The eC3 has similar features to the ICE model. The higher-end Feel has a 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker audio system, and a driver’s seat that can be raised or lowered. The MyCitroen Connect app brings connected car tech to the eC3, as well. It lets you know how your car is charging, where it is, and how to get to the closest charging station. In terms of safety, it has two airbags and ABS with EBD.
The eC3 is likely to cost between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh. It will compete with the Tata Tiago EV, which costs between Rs 8.49 lakh and Rs 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India).