The Citroën Berlingo passenger car is now available with an electric drivetrain, in the form of the E-Berlingo Multispace.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace extends Citroën’s electric vehicle range, which already includes the Berlingo Electric LCV, C-Zero and E-Mehari (not available in the UK).
Powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor, Citroën says that the E-Berlingo Multispace is designed to meet the demands of active families, whilst adding all the advantages of an electric drivetrain.
The new vehicle’s lithium-ion battery packs are positioned in the subframe either side of the rear axle, which means the cabin layout and boot volume are retained.
The E-Berlingo Multispace has a modular design that can accommodate up to five people, or larger loads when the seats in row 2 are folded away. The boot volume is 675 litres with five people on-board, increasing to 3,000 litres with the row 2 seats folded away. The row 2 seats can also be removed completely to create a fully flat load area.
The new model offers all the benefits associated with a 100% electric vehicle, including enviromental advantages, low running costs, plus taxation and parking benefits. The new E-Berlingo Multispace is equipped with the same electric drivetrain as the Berlingo Electric LCV, which is already in service with numerous fleet customers across Europe, and offers a range of 106 miles, measured on the NEDC cycle.
The E-Berlingo Multispace can be re-charged to 50% of its total range in 15 minutes or to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes from a dedicated rapid charge point. This uses the vehicle’s D/C rapid charging port (CHAdeMO). The standard charge time is 8 hours using the 16 A, Type 2 cable or 10 hours from a domestic 3-pin socket.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace develops 67hp (49kW) and has 200Nm of torque immediately available. The two high-capacity lithium-ion battery packs, with a combined rating of 22.5kWh, lower the car’s centre of gravity.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace comes with remote-controlled functions for use via a smartphone. These functions include a facility that allows the driver to pre-heat or cool the interior prior to accessing the vehicle. The driver can also remotely check their car’s battery charge level.
There is also an innovative eco-driving assistance programme, which helps the driver adopt the most economical driving style to optimise range. The navigation system displays speed limits and traffic information, as well as charging points that can be reached by the vehicle based on the remaining range.
The new Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace has significantly lower running costs than an equivalent petrol or diesel powered Berlingo Multispace. The traction battery is included in the purchase price of the vehicle and offers peace-of-mind with an 8-year/60,000 mile warranty.
Available equipment includes air conditioning, parking sensors, speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring, electronic stability control (ESC) combined with Hill-Start Assist and a 7-inch touchscreen.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace will go ‘on sale’ in the UK during the third quarter of 2017.