Citroën To Launch Electric E-Elysée In China

2 years ago by Mark Kane 14

Dongfeng Citroën

Dongfeng Citroën

Citroën C-Elysée

Citroën C-Elysée

Citroën announced prior to the 2016 Beijing Motor Show (or Auto China) that a new all-electric car , the E-Elysée is scheduled for launch in China in 2017.

The French brand already find one out of 4 sales falling to China (over 300,000 vehicles in 2015), so this a major step change for the company – where it operates under the joint venture branding of Dongfeng Citroën.

As the name suggests, the Citroën E-Elysée will be based on the conventional C-Elysée.

Expected range is stated to be up to 250 km (155 miles), but the capacity of lithium-ion battery remains undisclosed, so for now we can’t peg an estimated real world range.  There will also be a fast charging option available, giving a 80% boost in 30 minutes (compared to 6.5 hours normally).

Citroën E-Mehari

Citroën E-Mehari

Additionally, the Citroën E-MEHARI also will be present at the stage.

A first practical step in electric vehicles in China with Citroën E-Elysée
Buoyed by its excellent image in WTCC with two championship titles, C-Elysée is consolidating its status as Dongfeng Citroën’s best-selling vehicle in China, with 90,000 sales in 2015. Building on this impetus, the brand is unveiling an all-electric version of its three-box saloon:  Citroën E-Elysée. Scheduled for launch in China in 2017, this model reflects Dongfeng Citroën’s ambitions to be a key player in electric vehicles for the Chinese public. Featuring a lithium-ion battery, E-Elysée has a range of up to 250 km and can be fast-charged in just 30 minutes (6.5 hours in normal charging mode).
This emphasis on electric vehicles is also an opportunity for the brand to present its latest vehicle to the Chinese public for the first time:  Citroën E-MEHARI, an all-electric 4-seater cabriolet with a unique personality. “

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14 responses to "Citroën To Launch Electric E-Elysée In China"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    It’s a lemon.

  2. Seth says:

    For a moment I thought they were going to sell all the Citroen C-Zero cars there they are obliged to sell through their contract with Mitsubishi.

    Maybe the’ve stuck all the leftover Citroen C-Zero parts into this new thing.

    Considering it’s a conversion of the petrol, and the physical contraints that come with it, expect something like 20kWh of batteries.

    I do see something called the “Phase 4 standard” consumption cycle, which is basically the same as the NEDC cycle. If so, that would mean a real world range of about ~140km, or 80 miles.

  3. Alan says:

    Sounds like the same as the new leaf battery range which is 30kWh ?

  4. Cavaron says:

    Sure, sell a nice EV in China and stay with a 6 year old batched asian subcompact EV and a rediculus EV-buggy in Europe. Mercedes does the same with the Denza EV (300km range? no problem in China) and the crippled Mercedes B EV (sorry, we can’t do better than 150km range… oh, and no DCFC btw.) in Europe.

    1. Kosee says:

      You’d almost think they’re doing it on purpose!

      I think Citroën is one of the big manufacturers who is going to get in big trouble in the near future. They have zero serious offerings in the EV world. It doesn’t appear they have any plans either..

      Mercedes might just survive even if it’s just on the brands good name..

      1. Terawatt says:

        Goes to show what you know. Citroen were part of the first wave of electric cars to take off here in Norway. I’ve driven the C-zero many times. It’s a great city car in several ways, super efficient and extremely easy to park (perhaps not relevant in the US, where everything is designed for huge, inefficient, unnecessary gas guzzlers). It’s cheap to buy, run, and maintain.

        All of which makes it pretty ideal as a second car in households that need more than one.

        30 kWh in a new EV in 2017 isn’t very exciting. But for the Chinese market it may be sensible. I don’t know, I’m not knowledgeable about the Chinese market. Somehow I don’t really think you are either.

        1. fakadijura says:

          very few people bought a terrible sucky badly made Citroen c-zero, except maybe in Norway because of huge subsidies. its real range in winter in estonia was 30-35 miles.

          1. Jake says:

            Huh? I have one and love it. There’s nothing badly made about it. It’s made in Japan. Not many things are anymore.

        2. arne-nl says:

          Yeah, but how much know-how did Citroen obtain from that rebadged Mitsu? And how many did they sell? Is it still on sale? What will they replace it with?

      2. trololo says:

        PSA (Peugeot-Citroën) has no serious EV plan. They used to make profits on the diesel market (and are still making), thanks to french fiscality making diesel cheaper than gasoline.
        They have a total lack of innovation, except a lot of lobbying, car weight reduction, adding a lot of bling bling electronics and nice looking concept car in motor shows.

        1. JP says:

          In the recently presented Push to Pass plan, PSA announced 7 new Plug in Hybrids and 4 new electric cars.

          1. trololo says:

            Yep, “Annouced”. How many time before going to market ? In the meantime, they are still promoting diesel, and I’m still breathing it.

  5. Terawatt says:

    The charging time and stated range point to about 30 kWh.

    I see people blasting the car, since it’s not Tesla, but if the price is right it will be at least as relevant until Model 3 arrives (if indeed it does arrive).

  6. Rich says:

    Any new EV to the market is a good thing. Hopefully, the Chinese will find the new EV appealing and buy in mass quantities.