We had the privilege of taking the Citroen Berlingo Electric van out for a road test and we were not disappointed! The move over to electric power hasn’t compromised the load space that the Berlingo offers, this is due to the Lithium-ion battery packs being fitted beneath the load floor. In fact the electric versions have identical load dimensions as the equivalent diesel models.
L2 load dimensions
- Payload of 552kg
- Load length of 2,050mm (extendable to 3,250mm when passenger seats are folded)
- Load volume of 3.7 cubic metres
Unlike its rivals, the battery packs in the Berlingo are sold along with the van which explains the higher purchase price and for extra peace of mind the batteries do come with a comprehensive 8-year 60,000-mile warranty.
Inside the cabin:
- Extra legroom afforded by the lack of a transmission tunnel
- Space for three people
- Air-conditioning as standard
- Remote central locking and electric wheels as standard
Both the L1 and L2 variants are powered by the same 49kW electric drivetrain, which develops 66bhp and 200Nm of torque. Driving the Berlingo Electric couldn’t really be easier. Simply turn the key in the ignition, switch the automatic gearbox into drive, release the handbrake and off you go. The Berlingo is likely to spend most of its life in cities and it copes well when navigating through traffic and around tighter bends. It’s not going to get your pulse racing at any point, but it will get you from A to B with the minimum amount of fuss.
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