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Citroen to launch all new electric van

Birmingham, UK: Citroën will show its all-new Berlingo Electrique van at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show (NEC, 9-11 April).

The 100% electric van builds upon Citroën’s unrivalled experience of electric LCVs in the UK  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 light commercial vehicles, 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 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 3.7m3 and payload of 636kg is equivalent to that of a similar diesel-powered Berlingo van.

Battery capacity of 22.5kWh gives the Berlingo Electrique 106 mile range. It is charged from a domestic socket in around 8½ hours or, alternatively, it can be charged to 80% of capacity in 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,

Scott Michael, Citroën’s head of commercial vehicles says: “With the launch of the new Berlingo Electrique, Citroën is able to offer businesses the widest range of innovative environmental transport solutions. When the Berlingo Electrique goes on UK sale in the second half of the year, Citroën will be able to offer businesses a unique choice of no less than five LCV driveline and fuel choices, including petrol, dual fuel (petrol/LPG), HDi diesel, e-HDi micro-hybrid and full electric.”