Citroen Mehari - The Funny Electric Car Set For European Market Launch In 2016
|   Friday, January 15, 2016
With a power range of up to 200 kilometers and with a crazy design plus water resistant materials, the new Citroen E-Mehari brings to the forefront a beloved name from the French range in the 60s and 70s.

If you're familiar with the history of the French cars, or even if you watched the premieres presented at the Auto Show in Frankfurt held this fall, you certainly have heard of the Mehari a car that Citroen sold in 60s and 70s in nearly 150,000 copies.


Citroen brought at Frankfurt the M Cactus concept on which all the French souls saw as a future successor to the Mehari.
Although the manufacturer had denied at that time that the prototype announced a production model, three months later and the French brand presents the new e-Mehari, a 100 percent electric model that will be produced in series.

Although it seems rather like a concept if we look at the general line, which reminds us of a golf cart or a buggy from the beach, the new Citroen E-Mehari will enter into series production in 2016 at the Citroen plant from Rennes and it will also be marketed next year.

Citroen E-Mehari is the first electric model from the Citroen brand after the C-Zero version produced in collaboration with Mitsubishi. It will have an unusual appearance but it is quite capable. We learn, for example, that the new model benefits from a Citroen wheel drive system and easily removable ceiling panels, which radically transforms the driving experience. The design is a hybrid between the Mehari's original lines and those of s C4 Cactus. Through this model the French brand took by surprise the SUVs urban segment two years ago.

Created in collaboration with Bollore, a French company specialized in experimental electric cars, the new E-Mehari uses a Lithium-Metal battery pack that provides a range of 200 kilometers urban and extra urban of 100 km. According to the Citroen communique, the 30 kWh battery pack is charged in 8 to 13 hours at a domestic socket, according to its amperage.

Citroen E-Mehari can reach a maximum speed of 110 km / h and the car's interior stands out by materials resistant to water, mounted so that the French model haves no problem on beaches, one of the perfect landscapes for this electric model.
Otherwise the machine's bodywork is created from plastic panels, specially heat-treated to resist corrosion, and have no problem with accidents that involve a minor impact.


Citroen wants to give an extensive list of customization options, including 4 body colors (blue-orange-yellow-beige), 2 roof colors (black and orange-red) and 2 cabin trim colors (beige and orange-red).

The E-Mehari "capitalizes on Citroen's creativity and its capacity to dare," declared Xavier Peugeot, Citroen Product Planning chief, for Automotive News Europe at the launch event held at the brand's design center in Velizy-Villacoublay. Citroen did not reveal the pricing or sale targets for the E-Mehari. "It is not a volume seller but an image accelerator," said Xavier.
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