Citroen has opened the booking of its first electric hatchback–the eC3–in the Nepalese market. The eC3 will adopt the same design elements and features as the C3, and it will be powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack that provides an approximate range of 320 km. The company has offered the EV at a starting price of Rs 32.99 lakh.
Design and features
The eC3 will get a similar design like its petrol variants, the C3, that still comes with a matte black grille and round headlamps at the front. However, the new electric hatchback might get minor changes such as the removal of a tailpipe, a new charging port on the front fender, and ‘e’ badging that represents it as an electric car. In terms of its dimensions, the EV will measure 3981 mm in overall length, 1733 mm in overall width, and 1586 mm in overall height, and it comes with a 2540 mm wheelbase. Furthermore, the EV will also be offered in both mono-tone and dual-tone colour options.
Inside, the eC3 will feature a single-tone black colour with leather-upholstered seats, and among seats, the driver’s seat gets a height-adjustable feature. The dashboard will feature a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument console, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The new EV comes equipped with the MyCitroen Connect app which provides easy access to the user via a smartphone. The app also offers 35 smart features which include displaying information such as nearest charging station, charging status, EV’s last parked location, and intrusion alert, among others. Other notable features such as 2 airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, engine immobiliser, seat belt reminder, speed sensitive auto door lock, high speed alert system, power windows, tilt steering, manual AC with heater, 4 speakers, USB connectivity, keyless entry, manually adjusted ORVMs, foldable rear seats, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The eC3, in India, is powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack (derived from the Chinese company. So in Nepal, the EV will also be powered by a 29.2 kWh battery pack that generates 57 hp of power and 143 Nm of torque. The company claims that the EV can accelerate from 0-60 kmph in 6.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 107 kmph. For charging, the eC3 takes around 10.5 hours to charge from 10-100% via a home charger, and via a DC charger, the EV can be charged 10-80% in approximately 57 minutes. And on a single charge, the EV provides a range of 320 km.
|Battery pack||29.2 kWh (derived from Chinese company Svolt)|
|Charging time||10.5 hours via a home charger (10-100%)|
57 minutes via a DC charger (10-80%)
|Acceleration (0-60 kmph)||6.8 seconds|
|Top speed||107 kmph|
Citroen eC3 price in Nepal
Shangrila Motors Pvt. Ltd, the authorised distributor of Citroen vehicles in Nepal, is planning to launch the eC3 in July. The company has offered the EV at a base price of Rs 32.99 lakh, which will serve as a rival to the Tata Tigor EV.
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