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Citroen DS Reborn As Electric Restomod With Manual Gearbox

The Citroen DS is nonetheless regarded as 1 of the most exceptional and interesting cars to at any time attain generation, and its heritage is nonetheless alive some 66 decades later on. The innovative spirit of the original DS (not to be bewildered with the DS luxurious model from the Stellantis household) suits beautifully with the thought of a modern day electric propulsion, and Electrogenic decided to reinvent the design for the XXI century with a battery-run conversion. 

The Oxford-based mostly organization retained the original car’s aerodynamic physique but swapped the two.-liter gasoline engine for a brushless electric motor producing a hundred and twenty horsepower (89 kilowatts) and 173 pound-feet (235 Newton-meters) of prompt torque. Curiously, the electricity is delivered to the front wheels via the car’s original manual gearbox. 

Offering the electric vitality for the powertrain is a 48.5-kWh battery pack housed within just the DS’s physique. Electrogenic guarantees a genuine-globe driving vary of about a hundred and forty miles (225 kilometers) for every cost, and there’s a 29-kW charger that will refill the batteries to complete capability in about two hrs. If the customer wishes a more substantial battery for a better vary in between two rates, it can be provided in a blend with a more strong charger.

There is no denying 1 of the Citroen DS’s defining functions is the silky-smooth hydro-pneumatic suspension. Electrogenic has further more improved the process by replacing the common mechanical pump with an electric pump which is more silent and “delivers a more innovative trip than the original.”

From the outside, the only visual dissimilarities in between the original DS and the electric-run conversion are the lack of exhaust pipes and the delicate but unique “DS EV electronique” decal on the boot.

“Repowering classic cars with all-electric drive provides a variety of positive aspects, from the relieve of use to dependability and functionality gains,” Steve Drummond, director of Electrogenic, points out. “But with our conversions, the purpose is normally to enhance the original features of the vehicle. In this regard, the Citroen DS was preferably suited to an electric conversion – the silent powertrain adds to the serene driving encounter and suits beautifully with the character of the vehicle.”