One of the all-time great French classic motoring icons has been electrified and it looks exactly the same – which is good…
Now, before you begin to scream obscenities at your little hand device or PC screen, have a look at the Citroen DS and ask yourself a couple of questions…
Firstly, does it still resemble that beautiful, luxurious, and imperious slice of French automotive art you’ve seen many times before? And, secondly, does it still retain the legendary ‘magic carpet’ ride the DS is renowned for?
If the answers are yes and, I’m not sure because I’ve never sat behind a super cool ‘single spoke’ DS steering wheel before, then you’re either married to a Parisian stunner or still in possession of some open-mindedness.
Oxford-based Electrogenic has created what could be the first professionally converted electric Citroen DS and, more importantly, the wonderful DS’s unique design remains unchanged. The only fairly obvious change is the lack of exhaust outlets that usually reside below the bumper at the near-side-rear of the car and a new ‘DS EV electronique’ decal located on the boot.
The DS’s ‘trusty’ original 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by a ‘Hyper9‘ brushless electric motor which produces 120bhp coupled with 235Nm of instant torque – both of which are substantial increases over the original. Power is delivered to the front wheels through the car’s existing manual gearbox.
A 48.5kWh battery, offering a real-world range of approximately 140 miles on every charge, is carefully housed within the beautiful lines of the DS with a 29kW charger that will charge the batteries in around two hours.
Electrogenic say both the battery size and charger type can be tailored to suit the type of driving an owner will use it for. An optional ‘range extender’ battery provides customers with the option to extend the range of the car to over 200 miles.
Oxford-based Electrogenic has created what could be the first professionally converted electric Citroen DS and, more importantly, the wonderful DS’s unique design remains unchanged. Read more: https://classiccarcuration.co.uk/this-french-classic-has-been-electrified-and-looks-exactly-the-same/
Posted by Classic Car Curation on Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Citroen DS – French Classic
Preserving the elegance, beauty, and extreme comfort of the original model, the company has also upgraded the DS’s hydro-pneumatic suspension system, removing and replacing the original and often deafening mechanical pump with a silent custom electric unit, which enables the self-levelling system to work efficiently, delivering an even better ride than before.
Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic, Steve Drummond:
“Repowering classic cars with all-electric drive brings a number of benefits, from the ease of use to reliability and performance gains. But with our conversions, the aim is always to enhance the original characteristics of the car. In this respect, the Citroen DS was ideally suited to an electric conversion – the silent powertrain adds to the serene driving experience and fits perfectly with the character of the car.”
Whether you love or hate an EV, the DS is still a beautiful car… try not to hate something just because it’s been electrified.
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