Citroën bags a new fleet order for ë-C3 EVs from Cab-E

Citroën has signed a MoU with Indian fleet operator Cab-E for a bulk order of the ë-C3 electric crossover. This is the French automaker’s third such deal for the low-cost EV in recent months.

The Citroën ë-C3 seems to be quickly gaining popularity among Indian fleet operators. After securing a deal for 4,000 units of the ë-C3 from BluSmart Mobility in March and 1,000 units from OHM E Logistics in May, Citroën has now bagged an order for 2,000 units from Cab-E. Cab-E offers electric cabs in Mumbai and Pune, two major cities approximately 150 kilometres apart in India’s western state of Maharashtra.

Cab-E will deploy the 2,000 Citroën ë-C3 EVs in Mumbai and Pune over the year. The company has already acquired the first 100 units, though, and it flagged them off when it signed the MoU with Citroën on 10 June. Its fleet already included 200 units of the Citroën ë-C3, which means now it has 300 units of the low-cost French EV.

Priced from ₹12.69 lakh (€14,130) for retail customers, the Citroën ë-C3 sold in India is made at the company’s plant in Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu) in the Southern part of the country. In April, Citroën became the first multinational car manufacturer to export EVs from India. The company shipped 500 units of the ë-C3 to Indonesia in the first batch.

The India-made Citroën ë-C3 is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that generates 57 kW and 143 Nm of torque. It has an air-cooled 29.2 kWh battery pack consisting of lithium iron phosphate prismatic cells. Citroën says the ë-C3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 kph in 6.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 107 kph, which means this car is best suited for relaxed driving.

The Citroën ë-C3 has a 3.3 kW onboard charger and takes ten and a half hours for a 10-100% SoC charging session through a home charger. With a DC charger, it’s possible to go up from 10 to 80% level in 57 minutes. On a full charge, the electric urban crossover delivers a range of 320 km, as per the Modified Indian Driving Cycle (MIDC).

The Euro-spec Citroën ë-C3 is more advanced, packing upgrades like a higher-output motor and a bigger battery pack. Made in Trnava, Slovakia, it costs €23,300 in the base configuration.

Source: Infos via mail


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