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Citroen unveils electric version of Berlingo

  • Range of 106 miles based on single charge
  • Fast charge takes 35 mins, standard charge 12 hours
  • Same carrying capacity as standard Berlingo

Citroen has unveiled an all-electric version of its Berlingo van.

The panel van is powered by a 49kw motor connected to a lithium ion battery pack that generates 22.5kWh. The manufacturer claims that this delivers a 106 mile range on one charge and the Berlingo is capable of a top speed of nearly 69mph.

Charging times is 12 hours using a standard domestic 240V power socket or there is the option of a fast charge which takes just 35 minutes but it requires a specific 380V three phase terminal point.

The French company says the electric Berlingo has virtually the same carrying and load capacity as the standard van. This is because the batteries have been fitted under the load floor while the electric motor sits up front in place of the conventional combustion engine.

That means there is a load space of three cubic metres (extendable to 3.7m3), a load deck of 1.8m (extendable to 3.0m) and a payload of 636kgs. Load width is 1.5m and load height is 1.25m.

The zero emission van comes with some unique features including Eco driving information. This is displayed on the main dash and includes such information as main electric motor and auxiliaries consumption such as air con, as well as the energy generated through recovery phases such as braking and deceleration.

Citroen has also fitted the electric Berlingo with an automated system that aims to prolong vehicle range when the battery charge gets low.

At 20% of total battery charge a warning light comes on and the power sent to the air con and heating systems is reduced. At 10% these systems are shut down completely, power supply is limited to the motor and a tortoise warning light comes on.

Standard features on the Berlingo include driver’s airbag, enhanced braking system such as brake assist and brake distribution, remote central locking and stereo radio with CD player and MP3 compatibility.

Prices will start at £21,300 plus VAT, which is in marked contrast to the conventional entry-level Berlingo that costs from just over £13,000. However, running costs on the electric version will be considerably less.  

Full details and exact pricing on the new Citroen electric Berlingo will be announced nearer to its UK on sale date.

For the current Citroen Berlingo review click here.