The Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner can both now be bought as 100% electric vans.
The Citroën Electric Berlingo is a new, second-generation electric van with the latest electric vehicle technology and a range of up to 106 miles, while retaining all the qualities of the current Berlingo range, such as load volumes of up to 4.1m 3 and a payload capacity of 675kg.
The Electric Berlingo builds upon decades of Citroën electric vehicle experience, including its first-generation Berlingo Electrique van, which was on sale in the UK until November 2005.
The various parts of the electric powertrain are contained under the bonnet or beneath other areas of the body shell meaning that the Electric Berlingo is not compromised in terms of load volume or carrying capacity.
The complete two-part battery pack is installed under the vehicle’s flat load deck, so that the load compartment is identical to the one found in the traditionally powered models. With a total battery capacity of 22.5kWh, the Electric Berlingo boasts a range of up to 106 miles (170 km). The Electric Berlingo can be charged in two ways. The normal charge mode lasts between 6 and 12 hours, depending on the available current, while the batteries can be charged to 80% of their capacity in just 30 minutes in quick-charge mode.
The Electric Berlingo’s motor was developed with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and has a maximum power output of 49kW (67hp) and maximum torque of 200Nm. Its power is transmitted to the front wheels through a speed reducer and a single-ratio gearbox.
Peugeot is also launching an all-electric version of its Partner van, sharing the same powertrain as the Electric Berlingo, and this will be on sale in the second quarter of 2013. UK specification and pricing of both vans will be announced closer to the launch.