The transition to electric vehicles forces us to change our thinking and take a new approach. For example, we can choose a cheaper and more compact high-capacity battery that we will charge faster and more often. This will avoid the constant inconvenience of a heavy and expensive battery whose overall range is rarely used. This change of approach is facilitated by the ever-growing network of charging terminals (especially those located near motorways) and the ability to plan a route thanks to the Charge My Car application.
Citroen e-C4: the best solution for long trips
The ë-C4 is designed to make both everyday commuting and long trips easier for users. In addition to the C-comfort on short daily trips, the C-C4 has all the necessary features to allow its users to travel long distances without stress:
- The small dimensions and, consequently, the low weight of the traction battery have a positive effect on fuel consumption.
- Optimized charging time thanks to the possibility of DC charging from 100 kW fast charging terminals.
- Reduced energy consumption thanks to advanced heat pump, humidity sensor and transmission optimization.
Faster and more frequent traction battery charging
C-C4 represents a rational vision for moving to electric drive. Instead of lugging around a heavy and expensive battery all the time, it's better to have an optimized fast-charging battery. This requires a complete change in approach to travel. Surprisingly, regular short stops along the way are preferable to long distance trips interrupted by much longer stops. This is explained by the charge curve, which in an electric vehicle decreases with increasing battery charge. In order to optimize the charging time on the road and use the maximum charging power, it is recommended to start recharging the traction battery when the charge level is low and the optimum operating temperature has been reached (for example, after driving on the motorway). This is comparable to filling a glass of water - the filling speed is faster at the beginning when the glass is empty. In other words, it takes longer to charge the battery from 80% to 100% than from 0% to 80%.
Plan your route
Therefore, on long trips, shorter and more frequent stops to recharge the battery are preferable in order to use higher charging capacity and save on charging. This change in travel approach is not a problem with the travel services available today. To fully reap the benefits of long-distance EV driving, the driver must plan and route differently to optimize stop and charge times.
Proof from examples
The C-C4 lets you travel stress-free with the benefits and convenience of electric drive, whether for 100-kilometer weekend trips or cross-country holiday trips. The extra travel time associated with recharging the traction battery is small compared to the breaks users typically take on long journeys to stretch their legs, eat lunch, or simply watch traffic safety breaks (15-20 minutes every two hours).
Citroen e-C4: the best compromise for the whole year
The ë-C4 is the perfect solution for your daily commute. The ease of use of the ë-C4 convinces many customers who have to travel short distances to work, school or leisure: a quiet, smooth, dynamic ride without jerks and vibrations without CO2 emissions. For daily commuting, recharging the battery from a standard outlet or wall box when you arrive at the office in the morning or return home in the evening is enough to restore a range that gives you total peace of mind. What's more, with a homologated WLTP range of 357 km, there's no need to recharge the battery every day.
The ë-C4, with its 50 kWh battery, is particularly well suited to the role of a vehicle promoting access to electromobility due to its moderate purchase price. In addition, despite its compact dimensions, the cabin has not lost its spaciousness, and thanks to its moderate weight, fuel consumption has not increased during everyday use. The car is very easy to drive thanks to its 260 Nm of torque, and its moderate weight results in less fuel consumption. The ë-C4 offers the best technological solution to guarantee users a worry-free daily journey throughout the year.
Specifications Citroen e-C4:
- Power: 136 HP (100 kW)
- Torque: 260 Nm
- Battery: Li-ion Capacity: 50 kWh Range: 357 km (WLTP)
- Charging time:
- From 100 kW fast charging terminal: charges up to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes and 10 minutes to recover 100 km.
- From 32A Wall Box: 5 hours (3-phase charging with optional 11kW charger) to 7 hours 30 minutes (single-phase charging)
- From household outlet: 15 hours (from reinforced household outlet) to more than 24 hours (from standard household outlet)