Sharing its body and powertrain with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Peugeot iOn, the C-Zero features the now-familiar permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and litium-ion battery combination.
The system delivers 47kW between 3000 and 6000rpm with an impressive maximum torque of 180Nm available from 0 to 2000rpm. Top speed is 130km/h and 0-100km/h takes bang on 15 seconds.
Other performance numbers from the electric drive system include, umm ... zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise (you can see where the name comes from).
Recharging from a 220-volt socket takes around six hours while the rapid-charge option at 400-volts takes just 30 minutes for an 80 percent “fill”. A full charge will power the C-Zero for up to 128km.
Measuring just 3.48m in length, the C-Zero is suited to tight, congested city driving with a turning circle of nine metres. Comfort is not sacrificed, however, as the roomy interior is equipped with four seats and a 166-litre boot.
Set for launch in Europe in the last quarter of 2010, the Citroën C-Zero is also under consideration for the Australian and New Zealand markets.