According to Citroën, the electric C4 does better than some of its competitors in covering 1,000 km the fastest. But there is a catch!
Thanks to the sustained development of technologies and the charging network, traveling by electric car has never been so simple. But beyond all questions related to autonomy, many drivers take into consideration travel times, including refueling. And for good reason: travel time is the result of a complex marriage between consumption and fast charging performance.
To go quickly, you must therefore have a vehicle that consumes as little fuel as possible (which will stop less often) and which recharges as quickly as possible (which will stop for less time). This is a subject that motivated our Paris-Nice in the Audi e-Tron GT or, more regularly, our 500 km journey on the highway as part of a Supertest. And it is also a theme that is of great interest to Citroën, which has decided to measure the new ë-C4 against its direct competitors.
Citroën ë-C4 test: additional power and autonomy for the electric compact SUV
1,000 km in 11h57 with the Citroën ë-C4
For this, the Chevron brand brought together on the Mortefontaine circuit a copy of the ë-C4 in its 420 km autonomy configuration (with the 51 kWh battery and the 156 hp engine, therefore), as well as a MG 4 Luxury (435 km), a Renault Megane e-Tech (450 km) and a Volkswagen ID.3 58 kWh (425 km). All entrusted to the expert and independent hands of UTAC, the electric cars therefore had to cover 1,000 km as quickly as possible (at a stabilized speed of 120 km/h) starting with 100% charge and carrying out recharges between 10 and 80% thereafter.
In the end, thanks to its consumption which is among the most economical in the panel, the Citroën ë-C4 was able to cover the 1,000 km in a time, including recharges, of 11 hours 57 minutes. less than its closest competitor (12:11 p.m.), whose name has not been communicated (even if we think we recognize the ID.3). The others crossed the finish line after 12:24 (MG 4 Luxury?) and 1:04 p.m. (Renault Megane e-Tech?) respectively!
Competitors handicapped by the UTAC terminals
However, there appear many inconsistencies in the comparison. On the one hand, for a rather inexplicable reason, the running times are not strictly identical for cars having normally covered the same distance at the same speed, with more than an hour difference with competitor no. 2. Also, since it is the model which was most often on a 50 kW terminal, the total recharge time of the ë-C4 was reduced from 3:23 to 3:05. A strange maneuver on the part of Citroën, which is caught in its own game: by exceeding 240 km of autonomy on the first part, the ë-C4 came across the wrong terminal on the first recharge. A situation which must in no case be “arranged” in the final count.
Because this is where the problem lies: during this comparison, the cars carried out alternating charging on terminals of 50 and 100 kW of maximum power, “in accordance with the capacity of the site” according to the Citroën press release. Therefore, with fast charging powers above 100 kW, all the other protagonists have been handicapped. Unlike the Citroën ë-C4 which could use all of its capabilities! Its maximum recharge is in fact 100 kW, compared to 120 for the ID.3, 130 for the Megane, 140 for the MG4.
Test – MG 4 Luxury: the recharge and travel times of our Supertest
A significantly more efficient MG 4 Luxury for traveling
If the protocol of this comparison raises questions, it has the advantage of demonstrating that sobriety, and therefore autonomy, makes it possible to redistribute the cards in terms of travel time at equal driving speed and charging power. The proof is with our exclusive readings in real conditions: with higher consumption (23 versus 19.6 kWh/100 km) but also a surprisingly longer recharging time of three minutes (10-80% in 31 min. versus 28 min.), a Jeep Avenger required 33 minutes more than a Peugeot e-308 to travel 500 km.
On the other hand, with a slightly more comfortable autonomy on the motorway (266 km compared to 259 km according to the average consumption communicated by Citroën) and a much higher recharging capacity (10-80% in 25 min with the peak of 144 kW, compared to 30 min. for the Citroën), the MG 4 Luxury has all the cards in hand to go as fast as the ë-C4 to cover 1,000 km!
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