2021 Citroen e-Berlingo van: range, charging time and load space

New Citroen e-Berlingo electric small van will go on sale by 2022, with up to 171 miles of range and a payload capacity of up to 800kg

James Allen
Feb 28, 2021

An electric version of the Citroen Berlingo van has been part of the Citroen range for a long time in electric vehicle terms, with the e-Berlingo having been the only fully-electric vehicle offered by the French firm in the UK for a while. It’s no surprise, then, that Citroen is gearing up to launch another battery-powered small van based on the current Berlingo.

As the new e-Berlingo is very closely related to the upcoming electric versions of the Peugeot Partner, Vauxhall Combo and Toyota Proace City small vans, it shares a lot of its specifications. Like those other vans, the e-Berlingo is powered by a 136hp electric motor and the 50kWh battery pack it shares with those models is large enough for a range of up to 171 miles per charge.

Like its sister vans, the e-Berlingo is just as practical as the conventionally-powered version, as the big battery pack has been stored under the floor of the load area. This means, according to Citroen, the e-Berlingo has a load bay up to 3.44m long (if you go for the extended version), and can store two Euro-sized pallets in the back, one behind the other.

Admittedly, the payload capacity of up to 800kg isn’t the best by Berlingo standards, though it’s still respectable for a van of this size.

Prices haven’t been announced yet, though it has been confirmed that the new Citroen e-Berlingo will go on sale in the UK before the end of 2021.

Quick facts

  • Claimed 171-mile range
  • Up to 80% charge in 30 minutes
  • Identical load area to regular Berlingo
  • Payload capacity up to 800kg
  • On sale in late 2021
  • Prices to be confirmed

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo power and performance

The Citroen e-Berlingo will be available with one motor setup; an electric motor powering the front wheels. How much power it produces, however, depends on which driving mode you pick; the standard setting has 107hp and 210Nm, and drivers who want a bit more oomph can boost those to 136hp and 260Nm by selecting the ‘Power’ mode.

At the other end of the scale is the ‘Eco’ mode, which reduces power and torque to 80hp and 180Nm to reduce energy consumption and increase how far you can travel before needing to charge the batteries. Eco mode also throttles back the heating and air-conditioning system, though unlike similar settings in some electric cars, it doesn’t fully disable them.

Citroen claims the e-Berlingo has a top speed of 84mph, so it should have more than enough performance for day-to-day needs - especially for van drivers who won’t venture too far away from towns and cities. Acceleration times haven’t been quoted yet, but - using specs from the e-Berlingo’s sister vans as a reference - expect a 0-62mph time of around 11 seconds.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo range and charging

Citroen says the e-Berlingo’s 50kWh battery pack can store enough charge for up to 171 miles of driving. While the range will be affected by factors such as your average speed and how much weight you're carrying, it should mean e-Berlingo drivers will be able to cover decent distances before needing to plug the van into a charging point.

Depending on how powerful the charging point is, it may not take that long to recharge the e-Berlingo’s batteries. Use a 100kW rapid charger, Citroen says, and it can take as little as half an hour to recharge the battery from flat up to 80% (the equivalent of up to 136 miles of range). Charging times at less powerful points are slower, but still reasonable - a full charge using an 11kW public charging point or domestic wall box unit takes around five hours.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo load space capacity

Because Citroen has installed the battery pack in the van’s floor, the e-Berlingo has the exact same load area as the regular Citroen Berlingo. The maximum load length in the standard length ‘M’ version is 3.09m, whereas the extended ‘XL’ model has a longer maximum load of 3.44m (provided you fold the front passenger seat down and load on top of this). Both versions have an identical load area width of 1.23m, which means the e-Berlingo is able to carry two Euro pallets, one behind the other.

While the load area size has been carried over unscathed, the e-Berlingo doesn’t have the same payload capacity of its combustion-powered counterparts. Citroen claims the e-Berlingo is able to carry loads of up to 800kg - for reference, it quotes payload capacities from 654kg to 1,002kg for the regular Berlingo.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo specifications

The new Citroen e-Berlingo will be offered in the UK in two trim levels: ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Driver’. As those specs are available on the regular Berlingo, we have a good idea of what to expect when the e-Berlingo goes on sale. Enterprise versions will likely come with air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, a digital radio and an eight-inch touchscreen media system, whereas the Driver trim should build on that with items such as automatic windscreen wipers and side and rear parking cameras.

Citroen has confirmed the e-Berlingo will also be available with an array of safety equipment and driver assists, ranging from lane departure warning and a driver attention monitoring system, to a speed limiter and an overload indicator that can alert the driver if they’re approaching or have exceeded the van’s maximum payload capacity. However, it hasn’t confirmed which of these (if any) come as standard, and which are optional items.

2021 Citroen e-Berlingo price and release date

Citroen has confirmed the e-Berlingo van will go on sale in late 2021. Prices haven’t been confirmed yet, but - using electric versions of vans like the Citroen Dispatch as a guide - expect the e-Berlingo to carry a big premium over the conventionally-powered Citroen Berlingo’s base price of £17,580.

 

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