Citroen unveils its electric hatchback: the eC3

Citroen has unveiled its first EV offering–the eC3–in India. The eC3 shares similar design elements and features as its petrol variants, and it is powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack that provides an ARAI-certified range of 320 km. The company plans to launch the EV in the first quarter of 2023.

Design and features

The eC3 gets a similar design to its petrol variants, but the new electric hatchback will get minor changes such as the removal of a tailpipe and a new charging port (on the front fender). And on the inside, the EV comes with a revised center console.

The new EV will come equipped with the same notable features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, the MyCitroen Connect app, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system (compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), riding modes (Eco and Standard), a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, and USB chargers, among others.

Powertrain and specifications

The eC3 is powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack (derived from the Chinese company Svolt) that generates 57 hp and 143 Nm of torque. The company claims that the EV can accelerate from 0-60 kmph in 6.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 107 kmph. 

The electric hatchback takes 10.5 hours to charge from 10-100% via a home charger, and via a DC charger, the EV can be charged 10-80% in approximately 57 minutes. And on a single charge, the EV provides a range of 320 km, according to ARAI.  

Battery pack29.2 kWh (derived from Chinese company Svolt)
Power (hp)57
Torque (Nm)143 
Range (km) ARAI320 
Charging time10.5 hours via a home charger (10-100%)57 minutes via a DC charger (10-80%)
Seating capacity5
Acceleration (seconds) 0-60 kmph6.8 
Top speed (kmph)107

Citroen eC3 price in India

There is no official news regarding its pricing yet, but it is expected to be one of the affordable EV in the hatchback segment that serves as a rival to the Tata Tiago EV.

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