Citroen conceptualizes the DS3 as an electric
But the company is also taking the DS3 in an even bolder direction, at least conceptually, with the DS3 Electrum.
We're talking full plug-in electric here as Citroen tries to bring some of the pizazz of the DS3 into the electric vehicle space.
Citroen says [PDF] the concept car will come with twin 65 kilowatt electric motors up front, making it possible, the company says, "to electrify existing internal combustion vechiles." A Panasonic 17.5 kW lithium ion battery provides for a range of around 75 miles.
That's pretty much par for the course for the new wave of all-electrics – the Honda Fit EV recently was scored with a range of 82 miles, beating out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i and Nissan Leaf but falling short of the Coda Sedan, whose range on a single charge is around 88 miles.
Citroen will also promote its electric ambitions at Paris by having its "Electric Odyssey" duo – this is the pair of guys driving around the world in an electric car – arrive in time for an appearance at the show. They've been driving a C-Zero, a Citroen-branded Mitsubishi iMiEV sold in Europe.