New Citroen Berlingo electric van’s payload and compartment size akin to diesel powered Berlingo van

April 14th, 2013 by Citroën UK

The Citroën Berlingo Electric made its UK debut at the CV show at the NEC in Birmingham in early April 2013 (click image to expand)

The Citroën Berlingo Electric made its UK debut at the CV show at the NEC in Birmingham in early April 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Citroën UK)

The new Berlingo Electric van made its UK debut on the Citroën stand at the CV Show, which was at the NEC from 9 to 11 April 2013.

The Berlingo Electric, which goes on sale in 2013, builds on Citroën’s unrivalled UK market experience with electric LCVs, gained with the first generation Berlingo Electrique van, launched in 1998 and on sale until 2005.

Scott Michael, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme, said “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.

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.”

The new Berlingo Electric incorporates an advanced, permanent magnet synchronous 49kW electric motor and a 22.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack. This gives the Berlingo Electric, as tested in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle, a range of up to 106 miles (170Km), and a top speed of 68.75 mph (110km/h).

Using a domestic socket, the vehicle can be fully charged in around 12 hours, alternatively, it can be charged to 80% of capacity in only 35 minutes using a specific 380V three-phase terminal in quick-charge mode.

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The Citroën Berlingo Electric made its UK debut at the CV show at the NEC in Birmingham in early April 2013 (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Citroën UK)

The Berlingo has been designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset. Its load compartment space is not reduced by battery intrusion. The electric motor is positioned under the bonnet and the lithium-ion battery pack is located underneath the load deck.

This means that the Berlingo Electric’s load compartment cube of 3.3 cubic metres (extendable to 3.7 cubic metres), load deck length of 1.8 metres (extendable to 3.0 metres), and payload of 636 kg are equivalent to that of a similar diesel-powered Berlingo van.

The Berlingo Electric has a total lithium ion battery capacity of 22.5 kWh – made up of 80 x 3.75 Volt cells, each with a capacity of 75 ampere-hours.

Its permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, which produces 49 kW (66 hp), with a peak torque of 200 Newton metres, developed between 0 – 1,500 rpm, drives the front wheels through a speed reducer and a single-ratio gearbox.

In energy recovery phases (deceleration & braking) the electric motor acts as a generator.

Based on the Berlingo LX model the Berlingo Electric is well equipped, with a specification that includes:-

The Berlingo Electric’s instrumentation also includes a number of specific features, including Eco-driving information; an energy consumption/regeneration indicator; an instantaneous energy consumption gauge and an auxiliaries consumption gauge, which displays data on heating, air conditioning and other secondary power usage.

When the battery charge falls to 20% of its total useable capacity, a warning light comes on and the power sent to the heating and air conditioning systems is gradually reduced. Then, when the battery charge level further falls to 10% of the total useable capacity, a “tortoise” light comes on – the power supply is limited and the air conditioning and heating systems are turned off to extend the vehicle’s range.

 

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