Citroën’s Redesigned Berlingo EV To Be Launched In April

French automotive manufacturer Citroën announced it will be launching the next generation of its Berlingo Electrique van at this year’s UK Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

This 100-percent electric van builds upon Citroën’s unrivalled experience of electric light commercial vehicles (LCV) in the UK, which started with the first generation Berlingo Electrique launched in 1998.

The new Berlingo Electrique’s electric motor is positioned under the hood and the lithium-ion battery pack is located underneath the vehicle’s cargo area. This allows the cargo compartment payload (636 kg / 1402 pounds) to stay the same when compared to a similar diesel-powered Berlingo van.

With a total battery capacity of 22.5 kilowatt-hours, the Berlingo Electrique has a range of up to 106 miles, according to Citroën.

Using a regular UK household plug (220 V), the vehicle can be fully charged in around 8.5 hours or, alternatively, it can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in only 35 minutes using a specific 380-volt three-phase terminal in quick-charge mode.

The Berlingo Electrique’s permanent magnet synchronous electric motor produces 49 kw (67 horsepower) and drives the front wheels through a speed reducer and a single-ratio gearbox.

Full UK specification and pricing will be announced closer to launch and the vehicle will be available in the second half of the year.