“The electrification of Berlingo responds to two issues, offering sufficient range and making no compromises on practicality so that our customers can enjoy their activities in all their diversity. ë-Berlingo brings them an extra dose of serenity in their everyday lives with a seamless and silent drive, the satisfaction of preserving air quality, and a controlled motoring budget. These are strong expectations of this type of customer and highly strategic in this segment, as high-volume body types are particularly limited in terms of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. We are proud that Berlingo, the first leisure activity vehicle, ranks among the first to offer this alternative.” Laurence Hansen – Citroën Product and Strategy Director
The creator of the leisure activity vehicle in 1996, Citroën has gone on to develop a true community that is extremely attached to Berlingo’s personality, practicality and modularity. The compact exterior and roomy interior stand as a major asset for customers requiring extensive space. This selling point bolsters the appeal of Berlingo in a segment where this type of offer is becoming scarce. The arrival of an electric version of Berlingo is a crucial stake. It is a modern response to environmental issues that strongly affect this type of body #design and addresses customers with a predilection for nature who are aware of their environmental footprint and mindful of their motoring budget. The solution combines practicality with pleasure, benefiting from the finest electric technology and further boosting serenity and smoothness while retaining all of Berlingo’s functionality.
Ë-BERLINGO: GENERATING WELL-BEING AND FREEDOM
EXTRA SMOOTHNESS IN ELECTRIC MODE
ë-Berlingo makes each journey a relaxing moment for passengers. The vehicle starts seamlessly with linear torque and acceleration available immediately with no gear changes. The electric powertrain generates zero noise and no vibrations.
ë-Berlingo also boasts top-class cabin comfort with high-set seats, smooth steering and a 10.80-metre turning circle.
The electric engine drives the vehicle according to the drive mode selected and driving conditions. With power of 100 kW (136 hp)/260 Nm, ë-Berlingo reaches a top speed of 135 km/h regardless of drive mode. The drive modes are activated using the selector combined with a special ë-Toggle control:
- Normal – 80 kW/210 Nm: ensures the best compromise between operating range and dynamic performance,
- Eco – 60 kW/180 Nm: 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,
- Power – 100 kW/260 Nm: provides enhanced driveability and vehicle performance when carrying a maximum load.
RANGE FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Customers of leisure activity vehicles have various mobility needs to enjoy their diverse activities, with journeys of varying length. ë-Berlingo meets these needs in a chameleon-like fashion, adapting to each one from one day to the next. It does so by enabling access to regulated traffic areas in cities, and by enabling these customers to travel trouble-free with an extensive scope of action. Depending on the driving style, ë-Berlingo’s 50 kWh lithium-ion battery delivers a range of up to 280 km*. ë-Berlingo draws on the finest electric technology and is available with the same powertrain and battery pack for both body types.
To optimise range, ë-Berlingo’s powertrain recovers energy during braking and deceleration. To enhance energy recovery, drivers simply activate the “B” button on the central console. Located under the seats and load floor of the vehicle, the battery has no impact on cabin space. The battery stores and supplies the energy required for the operation of the electric engine, heating and air-conditioning. The battery charge level is displayed on the instrument panel via a percentage indicator and is also depicted in a graduated light display. The battery is guaranteed for eight years or 160,000 km (for 70% of battery capacity at the end of the guarantee). A battery capacity certificate is delivered following an inspection after one year or 20,000 km, and then on each servicing, every two years or 40,000 km.
EASY CHARGING AND CONTROLLED COSTS
Customers of this type of model often own an individual house and have easier charging access. Three charging modes are available. The battery can be charged largely using a simple Green’up socket overnight, to take to the wheel in the morning in complete peace of mind.
- Home charging requiring a Mode 2 cable (standard in France) for charging at home or at a place of work or in a car park. This charging mode is compatible with a standard 8A socket or a reinforced 16A socket (box + Green’Up socket), halving charging time for a 100% battery charge in under 15 hours.
- Private or public fast charging requiring installation of a 3.7 kW to 22 kW Wallbox fast-charging box and a Mode 3 cable (optional). Using this method, the charging time from 0% to 100% is 7.5 hours (single-phase 7.4 kW Wallbox) or 5 hours (three-phase 11 kW Wallbox).
- Super-fast charging using a public station of up to 100 kW with a Mode 4 cable integrated into the charger. Charges 80% of the 50 kWh battery in 30 minutes. ë-Berlingo ranks among the best in its segment in terms of fast-charging times.
Leisure activity vehicles are practical but their body type is not conducive to aerodynamics. Electrification is a key issue in this segment for reducing environmental impact and usage costs. This is a major criterion for customers who often have limited budgets. With no oil changes, air filters, fuel filters or gearbox oil, maintenance is 30% less expensive than for a combustion-engine model. Customers’ energy budgets are also controlled, ë-Berlingo consuming 18 kWh per 100 km on average, for a cost of €3.
In addition, ë-Berlingo is equipped with functions for deferred charging, for consuming electricity in off-peak hours, and 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 journeys.
USEFUL SERVICES FOR A SERENE ELECTRIC LIFESTYLE
With the MyCitroën app, customers can use their smartphone or tablet to remotely check their battery charge level and range, pre-set the cabin temperature and configure deferred charging. These settings can also be accessed directly using the vehicle’s touchscreen via the connected navigation system in the “Energy” menu. This operation is available for home charging (Mode 2) or fast charging (Mode 3) and can be modified at any time.
The Free2Move app simplifies charging and parking (in France) by providing access to over 220,000 charging stations. Customers can use the app to plan the best route according to vehicle range, with the display of compatible and available charging stations, necessary charging breaks and total charging times.
To support its customers, Citroën offers a made-to-measure charging solution for ë-Berlingo, including the equipment (standard or high-power Green’Up socket or Wallbox) and installation at home or at the place of work. Recommended partners have been selected in each European country. The partners chosen in France are ZEBorne and Zeplug, which offer needs-adapted installation solutions to private customers and professionals, and for individual homes and collective housing.
DESIGN: CHOICE OF ENERGY, SINGULAR PERSONALITY
Outside, Citroën’s strategy is to offer each customer the choice of energy according to their needs. ë-Berlingo is distinguished by a few external signs of electrification: the “ë” monogram symbolising electricity on the grille with its new chevrons and in front of the name on the tailgate, as well as in touches of “Anodised Blue” on the bumpers and side Airbumps®. The charging flap is located in the place of the fuel flap.
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