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The innovative Berlingo Electric makes its UK debut on the Citroen stand at the CV Show as it builds on Citroen's UK market experience with electric LCVs.

12 Apr 2013 | International News : U.K.

The Berlingo Electric's load compartment of 3,300 litres, load deck length of 1,800mm and payload of 636kg are equivalent to that of a similar diesel-powered Berlingo van
Citroen is continuing its 'Citroen Vans - Business Class' theme at the 2013 CV Show (The Commercial Vehicle Show) in the U.K.

The new Berlingo Electric incorporates the latest electric vehicle technology. Its advanced, permanent magnet synchronous 49kW electric motor and 22.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack give the Berlingo Electric (as tested in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle) a range of up to 170km. Top speed is attainable at a respectable 110km/h.

Using a domestic socket, the vehicle can be fully charged in around 12 hours. Alternatively, it can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in only 35 minutes using a specific 380V three-phase terminal in quick-charge mode. Thanks to the Berlingo being designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset, its load compartment space is not reduced by battery intrusion.

The Berlingo Electric has a total lithium-ion battery capacity of 22.5kWh - made up of 80 x 3.75V cells. Its permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, which produces 49kW (66bhp) and a peak torque of 200Nm that's developed between 0 - 1,500rpm, drives the front wheels through a speed reducer and a single-ratio gearbox. In energy recovery phases (deceleration & braking) the electric motor acts as a generator.

The Berlingo Electric's instrumentation also includes a number of specific features, including Eco-driving information, an energy consumption/regeneration indicator, an instantaneous energy consumption gauge and an auxiliaries consumption gauge, which displays data on heating, air conditioning and other secondary power usage.

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