4th August 2021

Iconic Citroen DS Electrified by Electrogenic

Electrogenic, the classic car electrification company pioneering the new wave of automobiles, have now created an all-electric Citroen DS. The 1971 DS is a 21st Century version of an all-time French motoring icon. Electrogenic have savoured and improved the car’s famous ‘magic carpet’ ride, and have combined it with a silent, zero-emission electric power train.

Electrogenic believe that their electric Citroen DS is the first to be professionally converted. To do so, Electrogenic has removed the car’s original 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and replaced it with a ‘Hyper9’ brushless electric motor. This produces 120bhp, allied with 235Nm of instant torque – both of which are substantial increases over the original. Power is delivered to the front wheels through the car’s existing manual gearbox.

The car is fitted with a 29kW charger and a 48.5kWh battery which will hold 140 miles on every charge and the batteries will charge in around two hours. An optional ‘range extender’ battery provides customers the choice to extend the range of the car to over 200 miles.

A defining feature of the DS is its hydro-pneumatic suspension system, which enables it to self-level, and is responsible for the car’s famously plush ride quality. Rather than using the original mechanical pump, Electrogenic has created a silent electric pump, which delivers a more sophisticated ride than the original.

Electrogenic are passionate about maintaining the beauty of the original car during conversion, so the DS’s distinctive design remains unchanged. The absence of exhaust pipes and a subtle new “DS EV electronique” decal on the boot, are the only visual clues to the car’s new status.

Steve Drummond, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic commented, “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.”

Ian Newstead, Director and Co-Founder of Electrogenic commented, “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.

“As with all first-time conversions, the DS presented us with unique challenges. In this case adapting the hydro-pneumatic suspension to run without the combustion engine. 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. As with every conversion, the DS has added further to our knowledge of converting beautiful classics.”

To learn more about Electrogenic, visit: https://www.electrogenic.co.uk/

Do you think electric conversions are 'future proofing' classics? We'd love to hear your opinions. Let us know in the comments below.

I wonder if - now you've done a DS - it would be possible to electrify a CX? Different engine layout (transverse), vari-power (DIRAVI) steering, possibly automatic. At least the suspension/hydro set-up is the same..

Royce, 04/12/2021

I had a Citroen DS Special back in 1976 is we as a 1972 model, it was indeed before it's time, but was full of faults, unfortunately too expensive for me to fix. This is truly a fantastic idea to future proof such an iconic car.

Geraint, 10/08/2021

The idea of electrifying classic cars will bring howls of protest from the purists, but I would be happy to have my Minor converted - when the price is right.

David, 08/08/2021