Electric car: we tested the Valeo e-City

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Small is beautiful! While most manufacturers who try the electric adventure rely on always more power and autonomy, Valeo makes the opposite wager. We previewed one of their prototypes at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas last January. A small two-seater car, 100% electric, equipped with a low voltage battery at 48 volts. When Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ionic or other Tesla can easily exceed 300 or 400 volts.

The French automotive supplier has made us preview in the streets of Paris, a version very close to the model that we could soon meet in our cities. Still small, but more comfortable and devilishly effective, the machine has taken the hair of the beast. "With the equivalent of 25 horsepower, the e-City is sneaking everywhere," says proudly Michel Forissier, head of Valeo's Research and Development division. And it has enough recovery to settle in the device traffic without problem. "

Advantages ? "Apart from his driving pleasure, it's undeniably the price," says the chief engineer. On the most powerful electric cars, the cost of the battery can reach 40% of the total cost of manufacture, up to 20 000 € for a Tesla. By reducing the size, power and weight of the battery, we also reduce the overall cost considerably. "

150 kilometers of autonomy

Sufficient in any case to consider a selling price around 7500 €, once the ecological bonus of 6000 € deducted. So far from the first prices currently practiced in the electric (not less than 17 000 €, with bonus). And even thermal (7900 €). The idea of ​​Valeo is: who can (…)

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