Citroen will be showing
its all-new Berlingo
van at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show (NEC,
9-11 April). This advanced, 100% electric van builds
upon CitroEn’s unrivalled experience of electric LCVs in
the UK, which was gained with the first generation
Berlingo Electrique launched in 1998.
Citroën’s CV Show stand
will also be the launch platform for a number of other
new LCV products, including the new Dispatch L1H1 HDi
125 6-seat Crew Van and Stop & Start equipped Relay
vans. In addition, Citroën will be continuing its
‘Citroën Vans - Business Class’ theme, with Citroën
Contract Motoring personnel providing instant contract
hire and other business-friendly finance quotations to
the show’s visitors.
The new, well equipped Berlingo
Electrique incorporates the latest electric vehicle technology.
The electric motor is positioned under the bonnet and the lithium-ion
battery pack is located underneath the vehicle’s load deck. This means
the load compartment of up to 3.7m3and payload of 636kg is
equivalent to that of a similar diesel-powered Berlingo van.
With a total battery capacity of
22.5kWh, the Berlingo Electrique has a range of up to 106 miles. Using a
domestic socket, the vehicle can be fully charged in around 8½ hours or,
alternatively, it can be charged to 80% of capacity in only 35 minutes
using a specific 380V three-phase terminal in quick-charge mode.
The Berlingo Electrique’s permanent
magnet synchronous electric motor produces 49kW (67hp) and has a peak
torque rating of 200Nm. The motor drives the front wheels through a
speed reducer and a single-ratio gearbox.
Full UK specification and pricing will
be announced closer to the CV Show, but among the Berlingo Electrique’s
many features are:
- Eco-driving information, including
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
- A deceleration and braking energy
- An electric heating system with an
eco-mode to limit energy consumption
- Hill start assist coupled to the
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