Review: Citroen C-ZERO (2011 – 2018)

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Citroen's all-electric small car. Zero tailpipe emissions. No VED and no fuel costs. Free to drive into central London congestion zone.

Range is 80 miles. Expensive. Tight inside. Huge cost of replacement batteries effectively writes the cars off.

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8 March 2018

Report of total battery failure of 2013 Citroen C-Zero. PSA quotes 18,000 - 22,610 Euros + tax for the full Yuasa battery pack, but sometimes only one or two cells need replacing. Read more

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Citroen C-ZERO (2011 – 2018): At A Glance

  • New prices start from £20,520
  • Insurance Group 28

Mitsubishi i-MIEV all electric rebadged as Citroen Z-ZERO, offering zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise. Launched last quarter of 2010. 

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Would an electric car cope with hilly terrain?

We currently have a Honda Jazz CVT. My my wife, who has limited mobility, really likes it. However, we feel that with the type of motoring that we do, journeys up to about 25 miles from home, that an electric car would be a good alternative. Our area is quite hilly, which makes quite a dent in our Jazz's petrol consumption (45+mpg on relatively level roads down to 40mpg going over hills). Would an electric car cope with this? With battery rental, the impression I get is that the cost would be about the same as filling up with petrol, which somewhat defeats the object of an electric car. At the moment, we are thinking of a Nissan Leaf, but would value your views if there were an alternative. Are the used versions any good? I understand that Honda do a Hybrid CVT for the Jazz.
Yes, hills will make a significant dent in the range of electric cars. But my parents live in Hexham Northumberland which has steep hills in the town itself and all around and there are a number of Nissan Leaf and Nissan eNV200 electric vans operating in the area, so they must make sense. Better to go for one with longer range batteries though. Good choice these days. Kia Soul electric, Hyundai Ioniq electric, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and plenty of secondhand Mitsubishi i-Miev, Citroen C-ZERO, Peugeot iOn, Renault Fluence ZE, etc going cheap. Honda did a Mk II Jazz hybrid. Plenty of Yaris hybrids. The Toyota Auris hybrid works well. Prius extremely popular.
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