ELECTRIC CITROEN BERLINGO ON THE WAY

Citroen is unveiling its new Electric Berlingo at the Hanover Motor Show this month. This new, electric van reaffirms Citroën’s commitment to electric vehicles – the company used to offer an electric Berlingo – the Electrique van, which was on sale in the UK until November 2005. The new Electric Berlingo maintains load volumes of up to 4.1m3and a payload capacity of 675kg.
The various parts of the electric powertrain are contained under the bonnet or beneath other areas of the body shell.
The complete two-part battery pack is installed under the vehicle’s flat load deck, so that the load compartment is identical to the one found in the traditionally powered models. With a total battery capacity of 22.5kWh, the Electric Berlingo boasts a range of up to 106miles and can be charged in two ways. The normal charge mode lasts between 6 and 12 hours, depending on the available current, while the batteries can be charged to 80% of their capacity in just 30 minutes in quick-charge mode.
Depending on the market, the Electric Berlingo will be available with two bodywork options, normal and long, which respectively measure 4.38m and 4.63m. The load volume can reach 4.1m3and the maximum weight capacity is 675 kg, which are both identical to the internal combustion versions.
Scott Michael, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme, comments; “The launch of the new Electric Berlingo at Hanover is exciting news. When it goes on UK sale in the second half of 2013 it will further expand the appeal of Citroën’s advanced LCV range with business customers looking for innovative environmental transport solutions.”
UK specification and pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

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