Citroën entered the Indian market with the C5 SUV. After this the company also launched the C3 compact SUV. The French carmaker was just strengthening its hold in India when the company surprised other automakers by revealing the eC3. It is known that within only 6 months of launching the C3, the company had announced the launch of its electric version in the market and now this car is going to be launched very soon.
What was the company’s plan regarding the Citroën eC3 electric SUV and how did the company prepare an electric powertrain in such a short time. We recently spoke to Saurabh Vats, Brand Head, Citroën India, to find out.
Vats added that the Citroën eC3 has been completely designed in India as well. This SUV has been built keeping in mind both the combustion engine and the electric powertrain. Despite being a sub-four meter SUV, it has a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. Watts also revealed that the car’s boot space has been compromised due to the longer wheelbase. The bootspace has space for a full-size spare wheel.
Watts said that the Citroën eC3 can be driven up to 320 km on a single charge. However, in actual conditions its range is expected to be 240 to 260 km. He said that this compact electric SUV will prove to be very convenient for office going employees.
Watts also revealed that the eC3’s battery pack will not be a problem even if customers only use a fast DC charger to charge the car. Citroën opted for a 15A socket-type charger instead of a wall box charger to save customers the hassle of charger installation.https://www.youtube.com/embed/PfPCoW_trwY?feature=oembed
For fleet operators, the new eC3 will be made available with all possible variants, customization and aftersales service options. Vats said that with its emission targets, an EV fleet is the fastest way to accelerate the development of e-vehicles in India. Citroën will continue to focus on putting customers first as it seeks to enhance rapport with its customers.
Watts revealed that Citroën’s mobile ‘service on wheels’ platform covered more than 150,000 km last year. The Citroen eC3 could prove to be a game changer for the French carmaker in India. The company is all set to lead the Indian four wheeler EV market with the eC3’s unique styling and customer first attitude.