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).
- 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