Citroen C-Zero range, battery & charging

The Citroen C-Zero has a real-world range of about 60 miles, virtually the lowest of any electric car on sale

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
93 miles (NEDC) 16kWh 7 hours (3.3kW) 30 mins (50kW, 0-80%)

The Citroen C-Zero has a quoted range of 93 miles on a single charge, based on a now-discontinued testing procedure. However, in the real world you should be prepared for a maximum range of about 60 miles, depending on all sorts of factors such as driving style, road conditions and even the weather.

Rivals include the Volkswagen e-up!, BMW i3 and Smart EQ ForFour, and depending on your budget, the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf should also be on your radar. The C-Zero's sister cars – the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Peugeot iOn – are virtually identical in every way, although the former is no longer on sale in the UK.

Citroen C-Zero range

Returning real-world range of approximately 60 miles, the Citroen C-Zero offers one of the lowest range figures of just about any electric car on sale. Even the tiny Renault Twizy – which is a quadricycle rather than a car – is capable of about 50 miles on a single charge.

This is where the C-Zero really shows its age, having been introduced back in 2010. Its 14.5kWh battery capacity is smaller than those offered on newer models like the Smart EQ ForFour (17.6kWh) and Volkswagen e-up! (18.7kWh), both of which offer greater range.

Charge time

Citroen is keen to highlight the fact that the C-Zero will charge from flat to 80% capacity in 30 minutes at a dedicated fast-charging station, and if such a facility is located near your home or place of work, this would increase its appeal enormously.

But if you only have access to a standard household socket, a charge time of at least six hours applies. If you can leave a car to charge on a driveway or in a garage overnight then this won’t pose too much of a problem, but if you can’t, you’ll almost certainly want to look at other options.

Modern electric cars tend to locate their ‘standard’ and ‘fast’ charging sockets under one flap these, but the ageing C-Zero has a different solution: you’ll find its standard port on the driver’s side of the car, while the fast charging port sits on the passenger side. A five-metre charging cable is provided, so bear in mind how close you’ll need to park the C-Zero to facilitate home charging.

Battery warranty

The C-Zero’s battery warranty is for eight years or 60,000 miles, while the drivetrain is guaranteed for five years or 40,000 miles. The car and the battery are sold together: there's no battery leasing scheme on offer.