Citroen Berlingo Electric (2013-2019) range, battery & charging
The Citroen Berlingo Electric charges fast, but only because it has a comparatively small 22.5kWh battery
|Wallbox charging time
|Fast charge time
|8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)
The Citroen Berlingo Electric's running gear is rather dated. It features a pair of battery packs mounted in a subframe either side of the rear axle, with a combined capacity of 22.5kWh. These supply a 66bhp electric motor developed by French firm Venturi (which competes in the Formula E electric racing series) and gives the Berlingo Electric a claimed range of 106 miles.
Unfortunately, that’s behind its main rival, the Renault Kangoo Z.E., which can travel up to 70 miles further before needing to be recharged. It was also calculated on the now-discontinued NEDC testing cycle, which means in the real world you're unlikely to better 60 miles or so.
Citroen Berlingo Electric range
Citroen quotes a range of 106 miles for the Berlingo Electric. This figure was achieved under a now-discontinued testing procedure, and means that you’re more likely to manage around 60 to 70 miles in real-world driving.
This was demonstrated by it sister van, the Peugeot Partner, which achieved 65 miles in the newer and more real-world-relevant WLTP test. It’s worth noting that the far larger Renault Master Z.E. can easily achieve 70 miles on a single charge while carrying twice as much cargo and almost double the payload.
There are two charging options available for the Berlingo Electric. First is a standard mains charger; using this method delivers a home-charging time from flat of 12 hours from a three-pin plug, or eight hours from a wallbox charging point. That means plugging in overnight should see you with a full charge in the morning.
The second option is a CHAdeMO socket, as also seen on the Nissan e-NV200 van and Nissan Leaf hatchback. This is located on the nearside rear bodywork and allows high-voltage charging from a 50kW source. It can recharge the flat battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes.
As well as the standard three-year Citroen van warranty, the Berlingo Electric’s battery is covered for eight years/60,000 miles. That’s in line with rivals that also offer eight years of cover for their batteries.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Citroen Berlingo Electric van used tried-and-tested running gear, but it has a short range compared to better-developed rivals
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe Citroen Berlingo Electric charges fast, but only because it has a comparatively small 22.5kWh battery
- 3Running costsThe Citroen Berlingo Electric is competitively priced, but doesn’t have as many advanced features as rivals
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceIt’s fast enough in town, but you wouldn’t want to drive the Citroen Berlingo Electric beyond city limits
- 5Interior & comfortDated design, hard plastics and painted metal mean the Citroen Berlingo Electric is pure van through-and-through
- 6Practicality & load spaceThe Citroen Berlingo Electric falls behind its van rivals for overall carrying capacity
- 7Reliability & safetyTried-and-tested running gear means the Citroen Berlingo Electric should be reliable, but there isn't enough safety equipment included