Restomod specialist Electrogenic has announced a new model – a fully electric Citroen DS.
But, rather than simply electrifying the classic French saloon, Electrogenic claims to have improved the DS’ pillowy ride, as well.
The original car’s hydropneumatic suspension, which provided the DS with a smooth and level ride, has remained unchanged. However, the original car’s engine-powered mechanical suspension pump has been replaced with a silent electric pump.
“The old pump was so noisy that it detracted from the silent drive of the car, but our new electric pump solved the issue completely,” says Ian Newstead, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic.
The Oxford-based company has also swapped out the DS’ 2-litre four-cylinder engine for its new Hyper9 brushless electric motor. This new motor offers significantly improved reliability and improved performance, as well as silent operation.
“Repowering classic cars with all-electric drive brings a number of benefits, from ease of use to reliability and performance gains. But with our conversions, the aim is always to enhance the original characteristics of the car. In this respect, the Citroen DS was ideally suited to an electric conversion – the silent powertrain adds to the serene driving experience and fits perfectly with the character of the car,” says Steve Drummond, Electrogenic’s other Director and Co-Founder.
The Citroen DS might be almost 70 years old but, according to Newstead, the electrification is in keeping with Citroen’s original vision for the car.
“It seems right to use modern technology to future-proof a car that was so far ahead of its time when it came out in the 1950s. Our conversion breathes new life into the DS and means that future generations can continue to enjoy its charm for decades to come.”
Restomodding companies are becoming increasingly commonplace with new emissions rules creeping into effect in the UK and around the world.
What’s more, electrifying a classic car will likely ensure that it is drivable on the roads in the years to come, as petrol stations are gradually replaced with electric charging stations.