1,000 Citroën e-Mehari To Be Sold Annually For €25,000 – Without Batteries

5 months ago by Mark Kane 15

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari noted its first teken registations in France this month, and the order books are already open.

The latest recreational EV from PSA was presented in Geneva and should make its market debut this season – with an ultimate production goal of 1,000 units a year.

In France, pricing was set at €25,000 (prior to a €6,300 incentive) but that excludes batteries, that have to be rented for €79 a month.

We feel that the bottom-line €18,700 (or over $21,000) wouldn’t be too bad a retail price, but the €79 ($90) a month payment just to be able to use the battery is kinda discouraging, and as such limits any future success of the plug-in.

Batteries for Citroën E-Mehari are provided by Bollore’s BlueSolutions, a company that never sells its batteries – always leases.

The other option is long-term lease over 49 months for €299 ($338) with all-inclusive coverage including the battery (€14,651 total in four years), deducting all the bonuses in France (€6,300 and additional €3,700 for scrapping old diesel).

Quick specs:

  • top speed of 68 mph/110kmh
  • 124 miles/200 km range (city – NEDC)
  • full charge in 8 hours on a 16A socket (at domestic/public stations such as Autolib in France), or in 13 hours on a 10A domestic socket
  • Maximum power : 50 kW
  • Rated power : 35 kW
  • Lithium-Metal-Polymer (LMP) battery: 30 kWh
Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

source: CCFA

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15 responses to "1,000 Citroën e-Mehari To Be Sold Annually For €25,000 – Without Batteries"

  1. evcarnut says:

    Batteries Extra …………l m a o

  2. jerryd says:

    Just why does it cost so, so much?
    It shouldn’t cost more than a gas version without batteries.
    Just no way I’d ever rent a battery.

  3. MikeG says:

    Renting the battery makes some sense if:
    – You plan on owning the car beyond the usable life of the battery
    – Improved battery packs will be developed as battery technology improves

    It would be difficult to see #1 happening again (Nissan Leaf early battery). Without an assurance that #2 will occur, I can see no reason for leasing an EV battery.

  4. James says:

    This flop on wheels is the exact vision many had of EVs ( golf cart ) before the Roadster and Model S were born! To say it’s homely is actually a compliment.

    Sadly, battery rental schemes do not work. I wouldn’t buy a Twizy due to the battery rental scheme, and surely it contributed greatly to the disastrous failure of Better Place.

    1. wavelet says:

      Well, Batter Place failed unrelated to that. BP didn’t rent or sell the customer the battery. BP owned it, and the customer would pay for one of several yearly mileage plans (like a cellphone flat-rate minutes plan).

      It was bot actually possible to charge a BP car from a home circuit, only from a company-supplied charger (they would install 2 of these for free at customer-chosen locations). This was enforced both technically (a charging session required an authorized data connection to the charger) and legally — BP actually managed to have a law passed in Israel that makes it illegal to charge an EV from a non-authorized circuit (e.g., a standard residential outlet), and that law is still on the books — BP’s only legacy here.

  5. wavelet says:

    I actually understand battery rental — it’s a way to reassure consumers about a big, very expensive single component (I’m sure the rental scheme includes a guarantee of minimum battery capacity, so if/when the battery goes below this, they give you a new one).

    This scheme does seem to be acceptable in several European countries.
    What I _don’t_ get is why it has to be the only option. Why not let the customer decide whether s/he prefers buying or renting the battery?

  6. zikzak says:

    LMP batteries again, Bolloré of course.
    These batteries are a pain in the arse.
    You need to keep them warm otherwise they discharge quickly compared to other solutions.

  7. Paul says:

    This is pure irony. Those batteries you have to rent, on top of the car, are also the problem of this car. They use 0,5 kW an hour even when not used, just to keep warm. It is a waste of energy and not at all friendly to the environment, since not all electricity is clean.

    Can you imagine your ICE-car would burn 0,5 litres of gas every hour, while being parked? The Koch Brothers would love it! In France maybe it is EDF having a great deal with Bolloré, the battery maker…

    1. mr. M says:

      0.5kWh/h is more like 0.05l/h. My ICE is idling with 0.6-0.8l/h when standing at a red light.

      So a one hour idling in a ICE is the equivalent to what these batteries consume in a whole day.

  8. DGM74 says:

    Very expensive crap with batteries.

    Expensive useless crap without batteries.

    Why so expensive??

    1. mr. M says:

      Margin?

  9. Battery Bro says:

    I really love the look of this. It is minimalistic, and matches the renting battery aspect.

    I’d prefer to rent the whole care, every time. And never have to drive either.

    An autonomous car always within 2 minutes sounds better than any other option.

    I see this little car (with tiny wheels) as a stepping stone in that direction. I think it looks awesome.

    Car design will have to get simpler to reflect the continuing ease of use as AI takes control from drivers.

  10. Jan Rotenberger says:

    In fact nobody has a problem with leasing a normal car, giving it back after 4 years and being charged for any minor scratch or damage losing so much money, so what is the problem with battery rental? I´m paying 65€/month for the batteries of my Smart and have the garanty to get new ones if capacity gets lower than 80 %. Price of the car was nerlay 5.000€ lower without batteries. It´s just a matter of algebra.

    1. Iain Muir says:

      Algebra?

  11. Iain Muir says:

    It’s another pile of French POOP. No doubt there will be a Peugeot and Fiat version all sharing the same POOPY Citroen Nemo ventilators and switches.

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