France's Citro√ęn will unveil an all-electric version of the premium DS3 three-door hatchback at the Paris Motor Show, a new report indicates.¬† Billed as a thinly-veiled concept car, it will likely be added to the Citro√ęn catalog before the end of the year.
Rumors circulating around the French media claim that the car is dubbed DS3 Electrum.¬† Like the recently-unveiled Citro√ęn Berlingo Electrique, it is expected to be nearly identical to its gasoline-burning counterpart when viewed from the outside.
The technical details that were leaked online are a little vague but it appears that the DS3 Electrum is powered by two 88-horsepower electric motors that are mounted in the car's engine bay in order to preserve as much passenger and cargo room as possible.¬† They send power to the car's front wheels and get electricity from a lithium-ion battery pack that was developed by Panasonic.
The all-electric hatchback is expected to have a maximum range of about 75 miles and be fully rechargeable in six to nine hours on a standard household outlets, though an 80 percent charge can be obtained in a half hour when using a quick charger.
If the rumors are to be believed, the DS3 Electrum will make its public debut in Paris next Thursday. ¬†Stay tuned for live images straight from the show floor.