The Citroen DS is however regarded as a single of the most one of a kind and intriguing cars to ever attain production, and its heritage is however alive some 66 several years later on. The ground breaking spirit of the authentic DS (not to be perplexed with the DS luxury manufacturer from the Stellantis spouse and children) fits beautifully with the strategy of a modern electrical propulsion, and Electrogenic made the decision to reinvent the model for the XXI century with a battery-run conversion.
The Oxford-dependent business retained the authentic car’s aerodynamic system but swapped the two.-liter gasoline engine for a brushless electrical motor making 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts) and 173 pound-toes (235 Newton-meters) of prompt torque. Apparently, the electric power is shipped to the entrance wheels by way of the car’s authentic handbook gearbox.
Furnishing the electrical power for the powertrain is a forty eight.five-kWh battery pack housed within the DS’s system. Electrogenic guarantees a authentic-entire world driving variety of about 140 miles (225 kilometers) per demand, and there is a 29-kW charger that will refill the batteries to comprehensive capability in about two hours. If the client needs a bigger battery for a better variety concerning two costs, it can be supplied in a mixture with a a lot more impressive charger.
There’s no denying a single of the Citroen DS’s defining attributes is the silky-easy hydro-pneumatic suspension. Electrogenic has additional improved the method by replacing the typical mechanical pump with an electrical pump which is a lot more silent and “delivers a a lot more refined ride than the authentic.”
From the outside, the only visual discrepancies concerning the authentic DS and the electrical-run conversion are the deficiency of exhaust pipes and the refined but distinct “DS EV electronique” decal on the boot.
“Repowering classic cars with all-electrical push provides a range of benefits, from the ease of use to trustworthiness and general performance gains,” Steve Drummond, director of Electrogenic, points out. “But with our conversions, the goal is often to enrich the authentic traits of the car. In this regard, the Citroen DS was ideally suited to an electrical conversion – the silent powertrain adds to the serene driving encounter and fits beautifully with the character of the car.”