Lto Citroën DS it is truly a style icon in the automotive world, thanks to its recognizable design that goes far beyond its technical and driving content. Having such a car leads to being watched, standing still, at low speed or sprinting through the streets of cities. So why not make a fully electric version?
An interesting restomod was created by the British from Electrogenic, eager to give a new life to an inimitable chassis and body.. This so-called ‘electromod’ is based on a late 1971 Citroën DS, complete with directional headlights. The exterior is essentially unchanged, apart from the lack of tailpipes and the discreet “DS EV Electronique” badge on the rear. The same goes for the interior, which retains the original leather upholstery and the very characteristic single-spoke steering wheel.
Citroen Activa, the hydropneumatic manifesto
What is completely different is the powertrain, of course: Instead of the old 2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine there is a Hyper9 brushless electric motor that produces 90 kW and 235 Nm of torque. The energy is stored in a 48.5 kWh battery, capable of giving a potential range of 225 kilometers. Thanks to the 29 kW on-board charger, the battery can be charged in about two hours. An additional battery is also available that could extend the range to over 320 kilometers.
Even in terms of set-up, the work was meticulous. The hydropneumatic suspensions have been recalibrated and updated, so as to react to the significant discrepancy with the original in terms of weight distribution. They are now even quieter thanks to the help of electronics. This isn’t the first time Electrogenic has converted a classic car into an electric vehicle; previous projects include cars such as Jaguar E-Type, Hudson Commodore, Volkswagen Beetle and Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. If the advent of electric will be total, we can begin to think of an electromod even for our dear old homegrown cars; but in the meantime this project with Citroën DS will not fail to make traditionalists turn up their noses.