CITROEN will offer more choice for electric van buyers, with the addition of the longer L2 550 LX version of the Berlingo Electric van – and you can save more than £5,000 with Plug-in Van Grant.
This new longer version of the Citroën Berlingo Electric boasts 250mm more load length than the existing L1 model (2,050mm compared to 1,800mm). The load volume is extended to 3.7m3 (in comparison to 3.3m3). Factor in the standard specification Extenso® folding passenger bench seat and the load length can be extended further to 3,250mm with a load volume of 4.1 m3.
The Lithium-ion battery packs are fitted beneath the load floor, providing the same load area dimensions as an equivalent diesel powered Berlingo L2 model. The new Berlingo Electric L2 version also features twin sliding side-loading doors as standard.
The new L2 van is powered by the same electric drivetrain as the existing Berlingo Electric L1 version, with a compact and highly efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor developing 49kW (67hp) and maximum torque of 200Nm. The front wheels are driven through a speed reducer and single ratio gearbox. The drive motor also provides regenerative braking when the vehicle is slowing down, helping to re-charge the batteries and reduce brake wear.
Save up to £5,323
- Choose the Berlingo Electric and you’ll be eligible for the Plug-in Van Grant (PiVG) from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) thus reducing the £22,180 price of this electric Citroen van.
- The PiVG covers 20% of the cost of the vehicle including VAT, but excluding on-the-road costs. This could be worth up to £5,323.20 for Berlingo Electric L2 van buyers.
The Berlingo’s 22.5kWh high-capacity Lithium-ion battery packs offer a range of up to 106 miles, according to the NEDC cycle. Charge it at a rapid charging point and this Berlingo will have 80% of capacity in just 30 minutes, using the D/C rapid charging port, which is a standard feature on all Citroen electric vans.
Citroen have also been listening to current Berlingo Electric owners, as all new Berlingo L1 and L2 electric models now benefit from a 16 A, Type 2 charging cable, supplied as standard with the vehicles. This cable is compatible with the majority of public access charging points, and in November 2016, the Government announced a workplace grant to enable customers to take advantage of a price reduction for Type 2 EV charge points.
Choose the Berlingo Electric and you’ll be eligible for the Plug-in Van Grant (PiVG) from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) thus reducing the £22,180 price of this electric Citroen van. The PiVG covers 20% of the cost of the vehicle including VAT, but excluding on-the-road costs. This could be worth up to £5,323.20 for Berlingo Electric L2 van buyers.
On top of the Plug-in van Grant, if you’re an operator in London, you’ll also benefit from the Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED), which provides a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, an exemption potentially worth more than £2,500 per year – and you won’t need to worry about the new T-Charge or restrictions of the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ).
London Boroughs such as Hackney also offer a 100% discount on parking permits for electric vehicles, which could save a Berlingo Electric owner £1,750 per year. Finally, all Citroën Berlingo Electric vans are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), bringing a further saving of £230 per year when compared to a conventionally powered van. More good news, is that this exemption will continue under the new VED scheme from April 2017.
The new Berlingo Electric L2 550 LX will be displayed on the Citroën stand at the CV Show in April.