The French automaker has decided to address the pollution problem in China by taking its “first practical step in electric vehicles” in the country with the reveal of the electric E-Elysee which officially debuted during the Auto China 2016.
We already know Citroen and Peugeot jointly debuted and marketed the C-Elysee and 301 models as their own entry-level practical and basic vehicles that will sell very well in emerging markets. As such, the C-Elysee budget model is of course the brand’s top selling model in the world’s largest auto market – almost 100,000 sales were registered last year alone. Since the country has a severe pollution problem and has been doing a lot in terms of promoting new energy vehicles, Citroen has decided to marry the attributes of the budget sedan a zero emissions powertrain.
The saloon will reach the market next year and points towards the company’s “ambitions to be a key player in electric vehicles for the Chinese public.” In lieu of the usual petrol and diesel engines there’s now an electric motor, assisted by a lithium-ion battery. There aren’t any specific technical details other than the brand telling us the E-Elysee will go for up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) on a single charge. Recharging will take 6.5 hours and a fast charging function will do the job in just 30 minutes. Citroen also brought another electric vehicle to China, the E-Mehari all-electric four-seater cabriolet.