Stellantis’ affordable EV: Everything we know so far

  • Stellantis plans to introduce the Citroen e-C3, an affordable EV with a range of over 186 miles.
  • The e-C3 will compete with other electric hatchbacks like the Renault 5.
  • Citroen aims to expand its market share in Europe and make emobility accessible to all.

The planned Citroen e-C3 will make waves in the emobility sector

Stellantis, a major automotive conglomerate, is preparing to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) market. Under its Citroen brand, it plans to introduce an affordable battery electric vehicle (BeV) called the e-C3. 

The e-C3, part of the Citroen C3 range, is expected to cost under €25,000. It will offer a driving range of over 186 miles on a full charge, making it ideal for daily commutes and short trips.

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Citroen aims to directly compete with other affordable electric hatchbacks like the Renault 5 and Volkswagen’s upcoming small EV. By entering this segment, Citroen aims to meet the demand for economical EVs.

Citroen plans to construct the e-C3 on the “BEV-native” platform, an exclusive design tailored for EVs. Despite its low price range, it will come equipped with standard features such as air conditioning and electric windows.

Citroen aims to expand its market share in Europe by targeting a 5% share, exceeding the previous year’s 3.7 percent. The e-C3 is a significant step towards achieving this goal, offering affordability, practicality, and eco-friendliness.

Specific technical details have not been disclosed, however, the e-C3 will be approximately four meters long. The platform shares similarities with the C3 model introduced in India and South America, based on the adaptable CMP architecture used by Stellantis for various vehicles.

The recent release of the Citroen Ami further reinforces Citroen’s trajectory towards affordable EVs. This compact electric vehicle, designed for urban mobility, has garnered significant attention for its affordable price and unique design. 

The introduction of the e-C3 aligns with Citroen’s commitment to providing cost-effective emobility solutions. This solidifies Citroen’s position as a key player in the affordable EV segment.

Citroen’s CEO, Thierry Koskas, emphasizes fair pricing and transparency, saying: “Citroen has a history of making affordable cars and its role now is to make electric mobility accessible to all”.

The company aims to reduce discounting and maintain consistent prices, albeit with room for negotiation. The e-C3 will initially launched in France, with availability and pricing details for the UK and other regions to follow.

As the market eagerly awaits the debut of the e-C3, Stellantis and Citroen are ready to make a significant impact on the affordable EV landscape. A plethora of affordable EVs is essential to the strength and success of the emobility market. This will provide every day drivers the opportunity to go EV, eliminating concerns of their high initial cost. 

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