Citroen has used this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, held at the Birmingham NEC, to give a UK debut to the Berlingo Electric van.
Set to go on-sale later this year, the second generation all-electric Berlingo builds on the French brand’s experience with the 1998-2005 Berlingo Electrique van.
Based on the standard Berlingo (unsurprisingly) the zero emission van features a 49kW electric motor and 22.5kWh lithium ion battery pack, made up of 80 cells, which gives a range of up to 106 miles, which top speed is limited to 110km/h (68.75mph).
With the ability to be recharged from a standard domestic plug socket, the Berlingo Electric can also use a 380V three-phase terminal to quick charge 80% of the battery in 35 minutes. Best of all, the current Berlingo was designed with electric power in mind from the outset, which means that the load space is not reduced. Instead the electric motor is positioned under the bonnet and battery pack under the load deck.
This means the Berlingo Electric’s load compartment cube of 3.3m3(extendable to 3.7m3)/load deck length of 1.8m (extendable to 3.0m) and payload of 636kg are equivalent to that of a similar diesel-powered Berlingo.
Scott Michael, Citroen’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme, explained: “The new Berlingo Electric has been launched to meet the transport requirements of a number of significant specialist sectors. Our previous electric LCV experience showed that these specific operations include local authority applications such as meals on wheels, parks departments and many other metropolitan council applications.
In addition, we expect to see Berlingo Electric demand come from urban-based, private sector businesses, where its ease of driving and silent operation are complemented by availability of public charging points and more favourable parking legislation.”
Retail prices will start at £21,300 +VAT and Fleetdrive Electric will have the vans available to lease when the Berlingo Electric arrives later in the year and is expected to qualify for the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant scheme.