Citroën Berlingo goes electric
Groupe PSA has begun its planned conversion of commercial vans to electric power with the Citroën ë-Berlingo Van.
The minivan uses the PSA EMP2 chassis, but its electric powertrain stems from the e-CMP model. The only electric motor drives the front axle with 136 PS (134 hp / 100 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque, while a 50-kWh traction battery translates into up to 275 kilometers (171 miles) of WLTP-rated range. The earlier Berlingo and Peugeot Partner EVs covered as little as 170 km (105 miles) on electric power – actually even less so, considering the rather lax NEDC measurement method used back then.
Drive modes include Eco, which limits the use of air conditioning and heating and caps the engine at 82 PS (81 hp / 60 kW), Normal, which is the in-between option rated at 109 PS (107 hp / 80 kW), and Power, which unlocks the full potential of the powertrain.
Charging 0-100 from an 8A terminal takes 15 hours, while using a 16A station reduces the waiting time to 5.5 hours. A 100-kW DC outlet can pump the battery from zero to 80% full in 30 minutes.
The cabin has seats for three with a rotating table affixed to the middle seat back. There is a color HUD and an infotainment display available in 5 and 10 inches. You can control the HVAC using your phone and set a desired charging time.
Sales start in the second half of 2022. A number of other models sharing the same powertrain will arrive later on, including the Peugeot e-Partner and e-Rifter, Opel Combo-e and Combo-e Life, and Toyota ProAce City.
Editor Andrew Raspopov