Electric Citroen e-Berlingo revealed
Citroen Berlingo gets EV version with 170-mile range
- Berlingo is latest car to get Stellantis’ electric powertrain
- Maximum output of 134bhp
- Recharges to 80% in 30 minutes
A new electric Citroen e-Berlingo has been launched, giving Berlingo buyers a zero-emission alternative to the existing petrol and diesel models. The market for electric MPVs may not yet be enormous but the e-Berlingo is the third electric people carrier to be revealed in as many weeks - beside the badges and styling, it’s identical to the Vauxhall Combo-e Life and Peugeot e-Rifter.
That means you get a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery, a combination which allows up to 170 miles between charges. The Peugeot e-208 manages around 210 miles using the same powertrain but the Berlingo’s extra weight and boxier shape affects its efficiency. It’s also the same package you get in the electric Citroen SpaceTourer MPV, which is bigger still.
You only get 134bhp if you select the ‘Power’ driving mode, which Citroen says is handy for when the car’s heavily loaded. ‘Normal’ dials this back to 109bhp - enough for most daily situations - and ‘Eco’ restricts the motor to just 80bhp and limits the strength of the air conditioning. There’s also a ‘B’ mode, which turns up the level of brake regeneration so you can drive the car using just the accelerator.
Recharging at a 7.4kW wallbox takes over seven hours, and you can use Citroen’s smartphone app to schedule the charge to start when electricity prices are cheaper. If you’re out and about, a 100kW public charger will take 30 minutes to replenish capacity to 80%, although you will pay much more than you would for a home charge.
With the batteries stashed under the floor, the electric Berlingo is no less cavernous than petrol or diesel versions. Even the shorter ‘M’ body length offers 775 litres of boot space, and the XL variant with all seats folded offers one of the biggest load spaces of any car on sale - it is based on a van, after all. The XL offers the option of seven seats, and both versions allow you to fold the front passenger seat down to carry items that are three metres long.
Up front, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring, while available kit includes all-round parking sensors, keyless entry, parking assistance and blind-spot monitoring. The aforementioned Citroen app allows you to preheat the cabin before you get in, as well as showing you vehicle data and where it’s parked.
There’s little to give away the e-Berlingo’s electric powertrain - just a couple of ‘ë’ badges and blue-ringed Airbumps.
Prices are yet to be revealed, but you can expect to pay quite a bit more than an entry-level sub-£22,000 Berlingo. A price nearer £30,000 (after the plug-in car grant) is more likely, and the e-Berlingo will be in showrooms in the second half of the year.
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