Car manufacturers are under pressure to meet the new average CO2 figure of 95g/km of CO2 across their fleets.
To help achieve this, more and more companies are electrifying their models and one of the latest cars to receive the fully electric treatment is the Skoda Citigo, which is now renamed as the Citigo e iV.
Here are 5 cool features the new Skoda Citigo e iV has to offer...
City cars are might be a declining market, but one way for manufacturers to ensure that their city cars can survive is to make them fully-electric.
That's what Skoda has done with its most compact model, though it's essentially the same car as the Seat Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-Up!
One of the biggest problems that face electric cars is range anxiety, but a claimed electric range of 170 miles from Skoda for the Citigo e iV is impressive compared to other electric city cars like the Smart EQ Fortwo, which has a claimed range of just 91 miles.
There are only two trim levels available for the Citigo e iV, but even the entry-level SE model comes with a three-spoke leather steering wheel, climate control and DAB digital radio. The top specification SE L adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting system, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, body coloured door mirrors and a 40kw charging socket.
It’s an affordable EV
Electric cars are criticised for having high price tags, due to expensive manufacturing costs. However, the Citigo e iV starts at £16,955 including the government's £3,500 plug-in car grant, making the Citigo e iV one of the most affordable electric cars on sale today.
Less charging time
Every year, electric car charging times improve and the Citigo e iV is no exception, with the top-spec SE L model coming as standard with a 40kw charging socket. This means that buyers will be able to charge their Citigo e iV from empty to 80 per cent of its capacity in just one hour, making it easier to live with than some of its rivals.
No reduction in space
Batteries for electric cars can take up space inside the cabin and boot area, but the Citigo e iV’s interior and boot space has remained the same as its combustion engine predecessor, with a boot capacity of 250 litres. It’s surprisingly roomy for such a small car too, with adults able to comfortably sit in the rear seats, too.
By Cameron Richards