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Citroën Saxo Electrique-1997

Citroën Saxo Electrique-1997

In 1997 Citroën and Peugeot came out with an electric car based on the compact 106 Series cars.  The car was powered by an electric DC motor and 20 6V NiCad batteries that were water-cooled.  Performance was adequate, with 0-30 mph in eight seconds, and 55 mph top speed.  The range was 40 - 60 miles.  The car did have a 2.5 gallon gas tank to run the heater.  The electric car was 640 lbs. heavier than the gas version because of the batteries.  Although one could purchase the car, the batteries had to be rented from the manufacturer for $100 a month.  Because the batteries took up so much space, the electric car did not come with a spare tire – there was just no room for it.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  Peugeot S. A., Automobiles Peugeot Paris
Country of Origin:  France
Drivetrain Configuration:  Front engine, front wheel drive
Engine:  DC electric motor 11kw, 1,600 rpm, 127 nm torque
Transmission:   Direct drive - forward and reverse
Top Speed:  55 mph
Years of Production:  1997-2002
Number Produced:  6,400
Original Cost:  $21,500 plus $100 monthly battery charge
 

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