Citroen announces seven-seat passenger version of e-Berlingo electric van
170-mile range, 100kW rapid charging and huge load capacity for Citroen's zero-emissions 'leisure activity vehicle'
The seven-seater passenger version of the Citroen e-Berlingo electric van has been revealed and is set to go on sale in the second half of 2021. It's a sister model to the already-announced Peugeot e-Rifter and Vauxhall Combo-e Life, and shares the same 134bhp electric motor, 50kWh battery and estimated 170-mile driving range.
Top speed is 83mph and there are three drive modes that allow the driver to balance power with range as needed, starting with Eco, which restricts power to 80bhp and reduces power to the air-conditioning and heating systems for maximum range.
Normal mode allows an 107bhp output and is suited to most everyday driving situations, while Power frees up the maximum 134bhp for when the car is fully loaded with passengers or luggage. A 'B' mode turns the regenerative braking strength up to maximum, resulting in more power being returned to the battery and a stronger slowing effect when you lift off the accelerator.
Charging and technology
Like its sister models, the e-Berlingo can recharge at speeds up to 100kW from public rapid charging points. This allows for a top to 80% capacity to be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Charging at home from a wallbox is also possible, with a 100% top-up taking seven-and-a-half hours at the most commonly available speed of 7.4kW.
Inside, there's an eight-inch touchscreen as standard, with a larger 10-inch version available as an option. The screen can display information on the battery charge state and current energy consumption, as well as sat-nav maps and multimedia content.
Available driver-assistance and active safety features (either standard or optional) include keyless entry and start, a colour head-up display, hill-start assistance, and front, side and rear parking sensors. A reversing camera, intelligent beam headlights, an electric parking brake, cruise control and parking assistance are also included, along with active safety braking, lane-departure warning, driver attention alert and trailer stability control. Grip and hill-descent assistance, traffic-sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring round off the comprehensive list.
Practicality, passenger space and boot capacity
Two body lengths are available: the 4.4-metre-long 'M' (with five seats) and the 4.75-metre-long 'XL' (with seven seats). Both are under 1.9 metres tall, ensuring access to regular multi-storey car parks and garages without issues.
All versions get large sliding doors on both sides, along with a large tailgate and opening rear window; the XL has a maximum luggage capacity of 2,126 litres with the two rows of rear seats folded, or 1,050 litres with five seats in place.
Citroen says there are 26 separate storage spaces in the cabin, including the optional 'Modutop' roof. This incorporates a 60-litre overhead bin with a 10kg weight limit. A large glass area, including an optional panoramic sunroof, ensures the cabin feels bright and airy for all occupants.