The Citroën Berlingo is now available with an electric drivetrain in the form of the E-Berlingo. The new E-Berlingo extends Citroën’s electric vehicle range consisting of the C-ZERO, E-MEHARI and Berlingo LCV, each one responding to specific needs in its respective segment.
The new Citroen E-Berlingo Multispace is equipped with the electric drivetrain technology presented in 2013 on the electric Berlingo light commercial vehicle.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace is powered by a compact and high-performance permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor developing 49 kW (67 bhp). The two high-energy density Lithium-Ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5 kWh are located in the subframe, lowering the car’s centre of gravity and bringing more dynamic stability to this type of body style. With torque of 200 Nm available from the word go, the E-Berlingo Multispace accelerates swiftly and uninterruptedly up to top speed. The E-Berlingo has an NEDC certified range of 170 km (106 miles).
The E-Berlingo Multispace has a range of charging modes to make motoring easier for customers. An empty battery can be charged completely via a regular domestic socket (8A to 10A depending on the country) or a secure Green Up socket (14A) in 8.5, 12 or 15 hours depending on the amperage. E-Berlingo is also available with an optional rapid charging mode, charging the battery to 50% of total range in 15 minutes and 80% in 30 minutes. The regular charging flap is located on the rear right wing of the car, while the rapid charge socket takes the place of the fuel flap on the rear left wing.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace features an extensive range of useful and effective equipment for more safety, an easier drive and simplified day-to-day use.
Standard equipment includes a speed limiter, a direct low tyre pressure monitor, electronic stability control (ESC) combined with hill-start assist, air conditioning, a CD MP3 audio system with kit free hands Bluetooth, two sliding side doors and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.
The reversing camera, available as an option, makes parking easier. To further simplify low-speed manoeuvres, the rear park assist system – standard on the second trim level – can be supplemented by front park assist.
Connected to its times, the E-Berlingo Multispace is equipped with a wide 7-inch tablet integrated seamlessly on the dashboard and always within easy reach and sight. Available as standard on the Shine option, it is used to access the onboard computer and AM/FM radio, play music files on mobile devices, make hands-free calls and control the navigation system.
The E-Berlingo Multispace features the finest in in-car connectivity, with Bluetooth, a USB socket, a jack, and the MirrorScreen function. Using a smartphone compatible with Mirrorlink or Apple CarPlay, the MirrorScreen replicates the best mobile apps on the car’s touchscreen so that motorists can enjoy them fully and in complete safety.
The navigation system, available as an option, also displays speed limits and traffic information, as well as mapping of points of interest, such as charging terminals, that can be reached by the vehicle based on remaining range.
The new Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace has lower energy costs than a fossil-fuel option and is more economical than an internal-combustion vehicle. The battery comes with an 8-year/100,000-km warranty and the electric drivetrain with a 5-year/50,000-km warranty, whichever comes first. Servicing is every two years or 40,000 km after the first year. The car requires no oil, belt or coolant. The absence of a gearbox and clutch limits the number of components to be monitored, and thanks to the dual energy recovery system on decelerating and braking, the brakes are used less often, which limits wear.
The new E-Berlingo Multispace will be assembled at the Vigo production site. It will be launched from May according to countries.