CITROËN ë-C4
AutoVolt Magazine|Issue 31
Offered alongside ICE versions, Citroën’s first mass-market EV has comfort at its core, finds Alex Grant.
Alex Grant

You’d be forgiven for missing it, but Citroën is an old hand when it comes to electric cars. From the AX Electrique to the C-Zero, it’s spent almost 30 years positioning itself at the affordable end of what has been, until recently, a technology compromised by cost and usability. In 2021, it’s stepping into the mainstream.

This meant doing things a little differently to its sister brands. The C4 is a similar size to the Peugeot 308, but the two cars are as mechanically unrelated as they are worlds apart visually. As per the C4 Cactus, the Citroën is based on a platform more commonly used by superminis and small SUVs. It’s a scaled-up version of the architecture that underpins the new 208 and 2008, giving it access to the same battery-electric powertrain. PSA’s larger EMP2 platform is designed for plug-in hybrids instead.

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