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. "