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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

Overall rating

1.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

1.0 out of 5

Range (NEDC) Battery sizeWallbox charging timeFast charge time
106 miles22.5kWh8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)30mins (0-80%)

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.

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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.

Charge time

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.

Battery warranty

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.

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