Following the launch of the new Citroën ë-Dispatch in November 2021, the popular Berlingo workhorse has also "EV-olved", now sporting a fully electric drive and silent efficiency.
Despite its compact 50 kWh lithium-ion battery, the Citroën ë-Berlingo offers competitive figures in its segment as it can produce a maximum power of 100 kW (136 hp) at 260 Nm, with a top speed of 130 km/h.
Depending on your preferred driving style, three different driving modes can also be activated with a special ë-Toggle control – Eco (60 kW), Normal (80 kW) or Power (100 kW).
Depending on the drive mode selected, the Citroën ë-Berlingo delivers a maximum driving range of up to 293km on a single full charge. Drivers can also utilise the Brake Mode found on the central console, which uses regenerative braking technology to recoup a portion of energy back into the battery, further extending overall range.
The Citroën ë-Berlingo boasts one of the fastest charging times in the small van segment, being able to charge 80% of the 50 kWh battery in just 30 minutes. Located under the seats and load floor of the vehicle, the battery does not impede internal cabin space.
The Citroën ë-Berlingo also comes with a 3-year or 100,000 km vehicle warranty and a traction battery warranty of 8-year or 160,000 km (whichever is earlier) for absolute peace of mind when operating.
Design cues differentiating the new electrified ë-Berlingo can be seen on the following design elements: the “ë” at the front of its model name and touches of “Anodised Blue” on the van’s bumpers and side Airbumps®. All of these elements show off its new electric powertrain.
Inside, the central console is home to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Featuring the same design strengths as its diesel predecessor, the new Citroën ë-Berlingo boasts compact dimensions for better convenience. Measuring 4.753 m long with a height of just 1.848m, the van is able to conveniently access most carparks, including HDB multi-storey carparks.
The Citroën ë-Berlingo comes with two large sliding side doors, electric windows on the first row and a rear window together with a parcel shelf for placing and removing objects without having to open the boot.
Its large tailgate with 180-degree barn door opening, makes it convenient for loading and unloading heavy and bulky objects, even with the use of a forklift. The spacious cabin comes with a load volume of up to 3.8m3 , along with payload of up to 751kg.
Safety Technologies For Peace Of Mind
The Citroën ë-Berlingo also boasts useful assistance technologies for a safe and serene drive:
- Automatic electric parking brake
- Hill-Start Assist
- Overload indicator
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Reverse camera
Future Business Prospects
Commercial Vehicle Emissions Scheme (CVES) that kicked in on April 2021, zero-emissions electric vans like the new Citroën ë-Berlingo will now come with a S$30,000 rebate, to be distributed over three equal payments during the first three years of the van's ownership. Prices for the Citroën ë-Berlingo start at S$68,999 (excluding COE).
Comparing to diesel and petrol vans, the cost per mile of electricity of an electric van is lower, promising more savings for businesses. This might just make the switch to electric that much more appealing to potential owners.
Head on down to Cycle & Carriage Singapore and give the Citroën ë-Berlingo a go here.
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