Saab fans once dreamed of one 96 retro project. In fact, in Sweden in 2011 there were some ideas of what a compact Saab could look like. Now the Citroën friends in France are dreaming of an electric rebirth of the 2CV. The idea has been making the rounds in the national press, and independent designers have provided sketches. Realization would not be completely impossible. Because Citroën is working on electrification of the C3 and C3 Aircross. The expectations for this are high.
Despite extensive facelifts, the current models in the C3 family cannot be electrified. Because the platform used is too old, the successors will use the current CMP group platform. After the success of AMI, which is already available in France for the price of a smartphone from €19,99 per month, the upcoming ë-C3 is expected to have a similarly aggressive price structure.
The new ë-C3 could cost €99 a month Passionate Citroën, changing the market for the brand. With it, entry into the electric car class should be possible for a wide range of buyers for a purchase price of less than €20.000.
But what if Citroën also brought an electric retro 2CV?
Citroën ë-2CV concept for electric urban mobility
Retro is hip. Fiat has been showing it very successfully for many years with the 500. BMW has the MINI and the eternal Citroën rival Renault comes with the electric R5 and even electrifies the sports car icon Alpine. An electric ë-2CV could almost be the answer.
Which historic Citroën model would capture more sympathy?
The designer Jean Louis Bui has published his idea for the 2CV after sensational DS concepts. Compact, cute, based on the color scheme of the Charleston models, an electric duck could roll across European streets.
The idea provider relies on urban, reasonable dimensions. It shrinks the Retro Mobil by almost a meter in length. The electric duck, which now looks straight out of a comic, could be 3 meters long and 1,5 meters wide. The ideal, handy vehicle for an urban environment that mobilizes the masses at low cost. Just like the 2CV brought mobility to rural areas.
The Citroën ë-2CV is just wishful thinking at the moment. Because unfortunately Jean Louis Bui does not work for Citroën, he creates designs for prototype. The electric Retro 2CV is a purely private finger exercise. That's kind of a shame. Added retro charm would go well with the double chevron brand. Not only in France.
With pictures by Jean Louis Bui