Citroen e-Berlingo electric van – 171-mile driving range, 800kg payload

  • Citroen Berlingo electric van on sale in the UK late 2021
  • 136hp motor, 50kWh battery, 171-mile driving range
  • 800kg payload rating, 750kg towing capacity

Citroen has now announced the full technical details of its next electric small van, the e-Berlingo. Coming hot on the heels of the 2020 Citroen e-Dispatch, the Citroen e-Berlingo will go on sale in the last quarter of 2021, offering a claimed 171 miles of driving range and an 800kg payload rating.

The Berlingo electric van will enter the market alongside its 100% electric siblings, the Vauxhall Combo-e and the Peugeot e-Partner – each of these vans being based on identical technology. Citroen is the first to confirm the performance and capability of its new electric van, however.

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Citroen e-Berlingo technical specs

Like the larger Citroen e-Dispatch (and the related Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Peugeot e-Expert medium electric vans), the e-Berlingo is powered by a 100kW electric motor with a choice of three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Power.

These are important, as they restrict the motor's output in order to balance performance against driving range.

Citroen e-Berlingo electric van, 2021, side view, white, plugged into charging point in street

As such, the default Normal setting offers 80kW (equivalent to 109hp) and 180Nm of torque, while the Eco setting offers 60kW (81hp) and 190Nm - though we're checking on the torque figure, as it seems odd that it's higher than in the Normal mode!

To get the full 100kW - equivalent to 136hp - you need to use the Power mode, which also provides the maximum 260Nm of torque. All will feel peppy, though, as electric motors punch out all their muscle immediately, whereas diesels tend to have to build up to it.

The e-Berlingo will also be as easy to drive as an automatic van, since it has only a single-speed transmission with Drive and Reverse accessed via an 'e-Toggle' selector, which sits alongside the driving mode control on the centre console.

As with most electric vans, there's also a B setting, which enhances the regenerative braking effect of the electric motor whenever you lift off the accelerator - sending charge back into the batteries to increase driving range.

Top speed is 80mph.

Driving range, battery size and charging time

The e-Berlingo is fitted with a 50kWh battery pack - the same as the smaller battery option in the e-Dispatch.

But because the e-Berlingo is also a smaller, lighter van, this 50kWh battery is still good for a claimed 171 miles per charge (275km). Which sets a new standard in the small electric van class.

Citroen e-Berlingo electric van, 2021, front view, white, driving

There are lots of options for charging the battery. Using a 'super-rapid' 100kW DC charger on a public charging network you can get an 80% top up in 30 minutes - which is again excellent performance. Slower charging methods will give you a full battery in anything from five hours to 15, depending on the available charging point.

The battery will be covered by an eight-year / 100,000-mile warranty, guaranteeing capacity won't drop below 70% in that time. Every time the van is serviced, owners will be provided with a certification of remaining battery capacity, which it's hoped will keep used values buoyant.

Payload and practicality

As the battery pack is mounted under the floor, the e-Berlingo's load area is the same as the regular Berlingo - and it comes in both standard and long body sizes as well, which Citroen calls M and XL. The XL model will be offered as a five-seater crew van in addition to the regular panel van, which can accomodate two or three people.

You can check the full cargo space details on our Citroen Berlingo van dimensions page, but the basic stats are load volume of 3.3-4.4 cubic metres, and enough floor space for two Euro pallets, even in the shorter version. The Extenso Cabin load-through bulkhead is able to increase loading length as required.

Citroen e-Berlingo electric van, 2021, rear view, white, plugged in and being loaded at florist

Maximum payload rating for the e-Berlingo is 800kg - a good result for a small electric van, though some way lower than a Maxus eDeliver 3 can manage.

The e-Berlingo is rated to tow 750kg max.

Equipment highlights

As you'd expect, the e-Berlingo is available with all the clever tech that helps the regular Berlingo stand out in the small van sector - including a load of safety kit and a head-up display.

Citroen UK has announced that the e-Berlingo will come with an 8.0-inch infotainment system, but has not referenced the new tablet-style 10.0-inch system mentioned in the European release.

Connectivity includes emergency assistance as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

What's the price of the Citroen e-Berlingo electric van, and when does it go on sale?

Citroen is yet to release any pricing guidance at this stage, as the e-Berlingo isn't set to go on sale until the last quarter of 2021 in the UK.

We do know it will be available here in two trim levels - Enterprise and Driver - and come with six months' free membership of the BP Pulse charging network.

As soon as more info is released, we will update this page. But as the regular Berlingo was joint winner of the 2020 and 2021 Parkers Small Van of the Year awards, it probably goes without saying that this is one small electric van that's definitely worth looking out for.

Also read:

>> Our main Citroen Berlingo van review

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