The All-Electric Citroën ë-Berlingo Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Citroën ë-Berlingo
Price: £30,335
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 171 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Citroen is a leading French automobile manufacturer, now owned by Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). Stellantis owns a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of leading automotive brands, to include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Citroen electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models, passenger and commercial.  Citroen has the following electric vans:

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Citroën ë-Berlingo Panel Van

The Citroën Berlingo is currently in its third-generation. It has been available since 1996. The pure electric Citroën ë-Berlingo was unveiled in early 2021. The Berlingo Electric is not the first electric van developed by Citroen.  The Citroen Electrique was released in 2010 and 250 electric vans were supplied to the French postal service (La Poste).

The electric van is available in two lengths: M & XL. Both have the same sized onboard EV battery: 50 kWh. The automotive manufacturer claims an electric range up to 171 miles on a full charge. This is certainly an improved e-range compared to the some of the older pure electric vans. The EV offers a useful and practical range.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 145 miles. The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 100 kW DC. Charging the electric van at 100 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 30 minutes. Just enough time for a quick coffee and rest!

Citroën offers, both, a three-phase (11 kW) and single-phase (7.4 kW) AC onboard charger. With the three-phase (11 kW) onboard AC charger, the electric van can be fully charged in 5 hours using a dedicated 3-phase EV charger. Charging at 7.4 kW (single-phase) will take longer (7 hours and 30 minutes). There is an additional payment to upgrade to the 11 kW onboard AC charger.

Though the e-van can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle. It will take up to 31 hours to achieve 100% charge using a domestic 3-PIN plug. In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Citroën offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Citroën ë-Berlingo panel van delivers a maximum power up to 136 hp and 260 Nm torque. The top speed is 84 mph. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range. The e-van has three driving modes: Normal, Eco & Power.

The electric van is available in two lengths, M (4403 mm) and XL (4753 mm), and offers decent cargo volume: 3.3 m3 and 4.4m3 respectively. The payload of the electric commercial van is up to 800 kg. The EV offers 2 seats.

The Citroën ë-Berlingo is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘small vans’ category. These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emission. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! You can lease electric vans via e-zoomed at competitive prices.

Decent pure electric range 11 kW AC onboard charger costs an additional £350
100 kW DC Charging Only available in one battery size
Up to 11 KW AC onboard chargerExpensive


The All-Electric Citroën ë-Berlingo Panel Van (credit: Citroën)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Citroën Berlingo Van M 1000 (from £30,335)
Citroën Berlingo Van XL 950 (from £31,190)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1840 – 1849
Width (mm):1848
Length (mm):4403 – 4753
Wheelbase (mm):2785 – 2975
Turning Circle (m):10.82
Cargo Volume (m3):3.3 – 4.4
Payload (kg):753 – 800

EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):171 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Top Speed:84 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):750
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,390
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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