Citroën has unveiled the ë-Berlingo, the brand's new 100% electric Multi-Purpose Vehicle.
The new ë-Berlingo features a 100kw (136hp) electric motor with up to 260Nm of torque. Connected to a 50kWh battery, the MPV can achieve up to 174 miles of range from a single charge under WLTP testing.
To optimise range, the ë-Berlingo features a regenerative braking system that is designed to recover energy during braking and deceleration. The battery warranty is eight years or 100,000 miles (for 70% of battery capacity).
The new model comes with three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Power, accessible through the ë-Toggle control that allows the driver to choose the power output to suit their needs.
Normal mode (80kW/210Nm) ensures the best compromise between operating range and dynamic performance. Eco (60kW/180Nm) optimises energy consumption by reducing the output of the heating and air-conditioning without shutting them off completely and by limiting engine torque and power. Finally, Power (100kW/260Nm) provides enhanced driveability and vehicle performance when carrying a maximum load.
The new ë-Berlingo comes as standard with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger and, as an option, an 11kW three-phase charger. A full charge from a 7kW Wallbox will take 7.5 hours, or 5 hours using a 22kW unit providing three-phase power. Supporting up to 100kW DC fast charging, the ë-Berlingo can regain 80% charge in just 30 minutes.
Also, the MPV is equipped with functionality for deferred charging, to consume electricity in off-peak hours, and for thermal pre-conditioning, enabling motorists to set the cabin temperature when the vehicle is plugged in and thus reducing battery consumption in the first few miles of their journey.
The new model is available in ‘Medium' or ‘XL' variants, with Medium models measuring 4.40m long and XL variants at 4.75m long. All variants are 1.90m tall and, thanks to a specially adapted power steering system, have an agile turning circle of just 10.8m. The ë-Berlingo boasts optimum storage capacity with up to 167-litres of storage space and up to 26 storage compartments within the passenger cabin.
The ë-Berlingo will be available form the third quarter of 2021.