DS Electric Cars
We have a range of electric cars from DS available on our all inclusive monthly subscription model. Read on for more info on our range and DS’s history in the EV space.
Here is why DS electric cars are so good
With the goal of becoming an electric-only brand by 2024, it won’t be long before the only DS car you can buy new will be an electric one. This focus on going entirely electric means that DS must have a lot of faith in their EVs, as well as concrete plans for their place in the market, and in the future. Read on to find out more about DS electric cars and why they’re so good.
Our range of DS electric cars
How long has DS been producing EVs?
Starting life by branching off from Citroën in 2009, DS has since established itself as a standalone brand, while still continuing to benefit from the research and expertise of the rest of the Stellantis (formerly the PSA Group) names. In 2018 they launched the DS 3, available across all fuel types, and alongside this came their promise to focus on electric vehicles from there on out.
What is it like to drive a DS electric car?
A sumptuous combination of luxury and comfort, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense proves itself a secure and serene means of transport. Three different driving modes mean customisable control when behind the wheel, and additional sound-proofing offers a smooth ride.
What are some of the standout features?
At first glance, the electric DS 3 is indistinguishable from its petrol and diesel counterparts, so you don’t need to worry about choosing environmentalism over aesthetics. As mentioned above there are three modes of driving with the DS 3; Sport, Normal; and Eco. Eco is great for those with lingering anxieties about your electric car’s range, as it focuses on supporting the battery life – a battery that, with the right charger, only takes 30 minutes to reach 80%.
What other features come with a DS EV?
- An opulent interior with easily-recognisable DS diamond-shaped flourishes
- 10-inch HD touchscreen for auxiliary controls
- Reversing camera and rear parking sensors
- Currently available in a range of 8 colours
How do DS EVs compare to their non-electric cars?
One of the things most drivers note when comparing the performance of an electric car to that of one running on petrol or diesel is the instant power delivery. As soon as your foot hits that pedal the speed is there, which can make you feel especially manoeuvrable when zipping around urban environments. The suspension in the electric DS 3 also trumps its gas-guzzling counterparts, helping to smooth out any bumps in the road.
What other benefits come with owning a DS EV?
If you are at all environmentally conscious this probably isn’t the first time you’ve considered driving an electric car. With a growing number of free charging points found in cities across the country and no need to pay congestion charges, EVs make urban driving cheaper and easier. Also, as electric cars have fewer components than fuel engines, there are fewer elements at risk of needing to be replaced. On top of this, you are rewarded with the peace of mind of knowing that you’re not contributing to local air pollution, and doing your bit for the global environment.
Why driving an EV is great
There are plenty of reasons why driving an electric car is great, and benefits not only you as the driver, but also the environment.
While DS produces great petrol and diesel cars, the benefits of an EV mean they’re the perfect choice for drivers looking to make the switch to electric:
- There are far fewer moving parts in an EV, which means maintaining them is cheaper and there’s less that can potentially go wrong
- Charging an EV is quick and simple – by using a rapid charge point, you can charge your EV’s battery to 80% in as little as 20 minutes
- EVs are far kinder to the environment, and by using green energy to charge the battery they can be completely carbon neutral after manufacture
- Compared to petrol and diesel, the cost of charging an EV is considerably cheaper than a tank of fuel
Ready to drive your own DS EV?
An alternative to buying is a DS subscription through elmo.
An elmo electric car subscription includes insurance, service, MOT, and breakdown cover costs, meaning driving a DS EV of your own is more affordable than ever.
If you want to learn more about whether an electric car is right for you, why not try our electric car suitability tool? Not sold on the DS? See the full range of electric cars we currently offer on subscription.
How do you charge a DS EV?
The DS vehicle socket is a Type 2 connector, and there are many charging points to be found across the UK, often at petrol stations and supermarkets. If you know an electric car is likely to become a permanent feature in your driveway it is worth getting a charging port installed at home. After that, charging your electric car is no different than plugging in your mobile phone.
How much does it cost to charge a DS EV?
If plugging in at home this will depend on your electricity tariff, but will cost an estimated £13 to charge your battery to 100%. If you’re topping up in public, rates can vary.
How does temperature and driving style affect a DS EV’s range?
According to DS, the range of their electric cars can vary up to 35% depending on the time of year, and the corresponding temperature. Luckily DS’s have specialised heating systems in place to counteract this, helping to conserve battery life.
In terms of driving style, both how fast you go and the amount of elevated terrain you encounter on your drive will affect your car’s range. Luckily in ‘Eco’ mode, energy can be diverted from certain functions to help support the battery life. There is also the regenerative braking system; a staple in electric vehicles.
How will driving a DS EV differ to a conventional vehicle?
As mentioned previously, when driving an electric car you get the benefit of much faster acceleration, an almost silent engine, and the reduced cost of filling your tank. While these features aren’t enough to make driving an EV feel totally alien, we think it will be enough to wonder why you haven’t gone electric sooner.
How safe is it to drive a DS EV?
As with all cars, DS electric vehicles are put through rigorous testing before they are deemed roadworthy. In fact, due to needing to accommodate for cushioning the battery in the event of a collision, EVs are put through what could be considered even more extensive safety checks than regular vehicles.