The Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric has been launched in the UK, with a 174-mile range and priced from £29,575.
The ë-Berlingo Electric has a 50kWh battery and a 100kW (136hp) electric motor. It can charge at up to 100kW at a public charger, when a 0-80% charge would take around 30 minutes.
At a home wallbox the vehicle’s 7.4kW onboard charger will deliver a full recharge in 7.5 hours. An optional 11kW on-board charger is also available, reducing the charging time to 4 hours 45 minutes from a workplace charger served by a three-phase electricity supply.
The ë-Berlingo Electric has a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of just 1% for company car drivers for 2021/22, and all versions are exemption from London Congestion and Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges.
The Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric is available in two body lengths. ‘M’ (Medium) variants seat five, while ‘XL’ versions are capable of carrying up to seven people thanks to a third row featuring two folding seats.
Regardless of length, ë-Berlingo Electric offers lots of practicality, with boot space in ‘M’ versions ranging from 775-litres to 3,500-litres (with all passenger seats folded forward), while the ‘XL’ model increases available boot space to between 1,050 and 4,000-litres. To maximise storage capacity, there are 26 different compartments inside the ë-Berlingo Electric, which combine to add an extra 167-litres of useable space in the cabin.
Customers can choose from two trim levels: ‘Feel’ (offered in ‘M‘ and ‘XL’ lengths (the latter from £31,575)) and ‘Flair XTR’ (offered exclusively in the ‘M’ length). Both models feature two sliding side doors and Airbump® exterior styling, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth®, DAB radio, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay™.
All models come with a range of safety and driver assistance systems as part of Citroën’s Safety Pack. This includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Safety Brake, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, and Driver Attention Alert.
‘Feel’ trim comes fitted with rear parking sensors, while ‘Flair XTR’ adds a 180° colour reversing camera. ‘Flair XTR’ models – from £32,280 – also gain 17-inch ‘Spin’ alloy wheels, ‘XTR’ badging, black roof bars and door mirrors, orange fog light surrounds and orange flourishes on the Airbump® panels. Additional features inside include a 10-inch fully digital driver’s instrument cluster and a head-up display, as well as Citroën Connect Nav with real time traffic updates and connected services.
All prices are after the current Government ‘Plug-in Car Grant’ of £2,500.