You may have heard about some other Méhari Electrique projects in the press or on the Web over the last few months. Looking beyond the publicity, it’s obvious that none of these projects are as mature as EDEN from the viewpoints of technical advancement and – notably – certification for on-the-road use, and as regards embodiment of the Méhari tradition.
With EDEN, the 2CV MEHARI CLUB CASSIS is the only manufacturer able to offer an electrically-powered Méhari of which the vast majority of the parts (chassis, bodywork and numerous of the accessories) are strictly as per the original components. With our electric Méhari, you get the same quality and value as with our spare parts for our internal-combustion Méharis.
The loss of the sound of the twin-cylinder engine is made up for by an even-greater driving pleasure and the torque available as soon as the wheels start to turn. That makes EDEN really agile on certain upward and downward gradients on which you need to change into first gear with an internal-combustion Méhari.
Also, that “wind in the hair” sensation is further enhanced by the lack of noise and smell from the exhaust. Added to that is the greatly-reduced environmental impact in comparison with the original Méhari.
EDEN has successfully passed all the stages of its certification, which was a technical prerequisite to its being driven on the road. To obtain the certification, EDEN incorporates some improvements over the original Méhari: a reinforced fixed roll bar, 3-point seat belts, and more besides. Apart from the impact and safety tests, the certification also involves electromagnetic testing to ensure the reliability of the electric motorization in all circumstances.
These upgrades mean that EDEN is certified as an L7e-category vehicle (heavy quadricycle with electric motor under EC type-approval). That certification allows the vehicle to be driven legally on any road in France and Europe except motorways and high-speed expressways.
Extensive driving testing was also conducted on multiple prototypes, to make EDEN perfectly reliable before its commercial roll-out, to be sure that the vehicle embodies the expertise for which 2CV MEHARI CLUB CASSIS has been known for many years.
We chose lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo) technology for EDEN’s battery, which has the advantage of being standardized, well-known and ultra-reliable, having been adopted by many manufacturers worldwide. Important feature: EDEN incorporates an electrical cut-off system in the power connector, to protect users from exposure to an electric shock. Additionally, EDEN uses 48 V voltage, which is totally safe.
The battery installed on EDEN has a true autonomy that can exceed 80 km when driven flexibly. EDEN is certified with a fuel self-sufficiency of 131 km (UNECE R40 test – the baseline for all L7e-category vehicles). Knowing that the average Méhari user only does a few dozen kilometers of mileage per day, so range is not a major factor for EDEN.
3 hrs 30 mins for a full recharge using an ordinary 220 V socket. In addition EDEN’s batteries have excellent charge retention in long storage conditions: 90% of the initial charge still available after 6 months without recharging!
With the exception of the safety components required for its certification (roll bars, seat belts, etc.), almost all the other parts are original and manufactured by the 2CV MEHARI CLUB CASSIS which, because of a partnership of more than 25 years with Citroën, is the only manufacturer worldwide of genuine original spare parts for 2CVs and Méharis.
EDEN incorporates an original gearbox because we wanted to preserve both the soul of the original car and the manufacturer’s image of 2CV MEHARI CLUB CASSIS, which places importance on producing vehicles that remain faithful to the original design as much as possible.
Also, apart from the pleasure of enjoying the original gearbox lever, the fact of keeping the original gearbox enhances the car’s obstacle negotiation capability.
In practice, even though you can use every gear, with EDEN, you mainly use 2 gears only (apart from reverse) and, in traffic, you can stay in one gear alone without having to use the clutch. So, you get almost the same driving ease as with an automatic gearbox.
EDEN has been certificated for use as a private vehicle (“VP”) and as a utility vehicle (“VU”). Thanks to its ecologically-friendly electric technology, EDEN is eligible for the environmental bonus applicable to its L7e category of certification when registered as a private vehicle (“VP”). In this category – heavy quadricycles with electric motor – the environmental bonus granted annually by the government is €900. That is separate from the €6,000 environmental bonus applicable to private cars and light commercial vehicles.
Apart from the environmental bonus, EDEN can qualify for an additional conversion grant of €100 for taxable households and €1,100 for non-taxable households. EDEN also brings you the benefit of the many other advantages of an electric vehicle: free-of-charge registration certificate, exemption from tax on business vehicles (“TVTS”), free parking in many towns and cities, no traffic restrictions in any town or city center, etc. When registered as a utility vehicle, EDEN is eligible for VAT recovery under the conditions laid down by law.
EDEN is delivered with its batteries, and their cost is included in the base price at the time of purchase. So, after buying your EDEN, you won’t be having to pay any additional battery costs, unlike leasing contracts and other commercial packages under which you have to pay a monthly charge for battery rental. Those charges often amount to nearly €100 per month so, with EDEN, you’ll be enjoying average annual savings of about €1,200 – that’s around €6,000 after 5 years.