Traveling long distances with an electric car, a real obstacle course? To ensure this, Citroën has mandated nothing more and nothing less than UTAC, the organization that owns the Linas-Montlhéry autodrome and the Mortefontaine circuit, tasked by the French authorities with approving cars on our territory, to carry out an experiment aimed at demonstrating that, precisely, traveling 1,000 km on board a zero-emission model is not a chore.
The objective set by Citroën could not be clearer, to pit its ë-C4 And suffice to say that we didn’t expect so much from this model.
The ë-C4 X against the MG4, Renault Megane EV and VW ID.3
This is because before receiving a 54 kWh battery, the previous version of the electric C4 had not particularly impressed us with its energy performance in its 50 kWh variant. In addition, one could imagine that the competitors designated by UTAC, the MG 4, Renault Megane E-Tech 100% Electric and Volkswagen ID.3 would start with a clear head start with their larger capacity battery (64 kWh for the MG4, 60 kWh for the Megane and 58 kWh for the ID.3) and higher charging power (100 kW for the ë-C4 the VW).
Main characteristics of the forces present
|Citroën ë-C4 X
|Range in mixed cycle (WLTP)
Battery size isn’t everything
Despite less interesting characteristics on paper, the ë-C4 X does more than hold its own. In fact, it simply does better than the competition according to UTAC surveys. Including the charging time at a 50 kW or 100 kW terminal, traveling 1,000 km will take less time than with its competitors, a little less than 12 hours in total. The Megane and ID.3 are not very far behind, the MG4 takes a good hour longer. However, it was she who left with the most assets.
The small battery is actually an asset. Because it allows the Citroën to take better care of its weight (it weighs 100 to 200 kg less than its competitors) and therefore consume less. In fact, if it recharges a little slower, it does not need to recover as much energy as its competitors. And this is what allows it to beat its competitors during the day. An interesting conclusion for this ë-C4 A comparison between this ë-C4 rewarding.
|Citroën ë-C4 X
|Total driving time
|Total charging time
|Total time to complete 1,000 km
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To sum up
The Chevron brand asked UTAC to carry out a full-scale test pitting the ë-C4 X against the competition. And the results are rather flattering for the French sedan.
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