The e-Berlingo is based on the same mechanical platform as the Citroen e-C4 family sedan and several other electric passenger cars. The same 50 kWh battery and 134 hp electric motor are used here. In the truck, that’s enough for a top speed of 81 mph and a range of up to 171 miles in ideal conditions.
There are three drive modes available, with Normal limiting power output to 107hp for a balance of range and power, Eco reducing it to 80hp and limiting the use of heating and air conditioning to maximize range, and Power Unleashing the most. 134 hp for better performance at high speed or under heavy load.
The range can be further preserved by activating the van’s ‘B’ mode, which increases the power of the regenerative braking effect that captures energy that would otherwise be wasted when you slow down and feeds it back into the battery. Citroën guarantees that the battery will retain at least 70% of its capacity when new for up to eight years or just under 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers) of use.
Charging can be done via a standard home outlet (which will take 15 hours to fully recharge the battery), a home or work wall box (which will take five to seven and a half hours), or a public fast charger (which can deliver an 80% in 30 minutes at 100 kW). Charging, as well as cabin heating or cooling, can be scheduled to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates and ensure the van is comfortable at the start of the workday or shift.
Available safety and driver-assistive technologies include hill start assist, parking sensors, reversing camera, automatic high beams, electric parking brake, and overload indicator, as well as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver attention alert. , collision risk alert, trailer stability control, grip control, hill descent control, traffic sign recognition, and blind-spot monitoring.
Interior, load space and practicality
Inside, the e-Berlingo has a five-inch touchscreen as standard. An ‘Energy’ menu here provides access to electrical functions, including an energy flow and charge level display, efficiency statistics, and the charging scheduling function. A 10-inch digital display and head-up display can be added as cost options.
The e-Berlingo is offered in a two- or three-seat configuration and in two sizes: M (4.4 meters long) and XL (4.75 meters long). The van is 1.84 meters tall and has a loading length of 3.09 meters in M form and 3.44 meters in XL form. With an effective width between the wheel arches of 1.23 meters, the e-Berlingo can transport two Euro pallets, one behind the other.
Its load volume is the same as the equivalent diesel version (from 3.3 to 4.4 cubic meters depending on the exact configuration), while the maximum payload is 800 kg and the maximum trailer weight is 750 kg. kg. The interior partition has a hatch for transporting long loads, facilitated by the folding passenger seat. The seat can also be flipped up to free up more cargo space, and when folded, the center seatback can be used as a mobile office with a writing surface.
Prices and specs
There are two trim levels for the e-Berlingo: Enterprise Pro and Driver Pro. The Enterprise Pro trim is offered in M (£25,980) and XL (£27,180) and Crew Van (£28,330) versions, while Driver Pro is offered exclusively for the M pickup, priced at £27,595. Prices include the supplement subsidy but exclude VAT.
Standard on Enterprise Pro is 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, auto-illuminating halogen height-adjustable headlamps, integrated daytime running lamps, and power-folding outside mirrors. Inside, there’s a carpeted floor in the cabin, as well as overhead storage, front door pockets with 1.5-liter bottle holders, and a large overhead storage compartment.
In addition, there is a modular folding bench seat for the passenger, which can increase cargo space and comes with a pivoting desk. Additional storage is located under the center seat, while a cargo bulkhead further enhances practicality. Infotainment is provided by an eight-inch capacitive touch screen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB sockets.
Safety-wise, it features cruise control with a programmable speed limiter, rear parking sensors, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a full-size steel spare wheel. Upgrades for the Driver Pro include 16-inch black alloy wheels, a body-color rear bumper, side rocker strips, and exterior door handles. Inside, Driver Pro has a 10-inch digital driver display with satellite navigation.