Citroen Berlingo Electric van running costs

The Citroen Berlingo Electric is competitively priced, but doesn’t have as many advanced features as rivals

There are two Berlingo Electric models available, both of which come in LX trim, which is the second of four variants the diesel Berlingo van is offered as. The difference between the two models is body style, with the L1 version featuring a 3.3 cubic metre load area and a single sliding side door, while the L2 has a load volume of 3.7 cubic metres and double sliding doors. The L1 model has a price tag of around £22,500 (excluding VAT), while the L2 costs around £600 more than the L1.

That means the Berlingo Electric costs around £5,000 more than the most expensive diesel van. And while that's a couple of thousand pounds less than the Kangoo ZE (if you buy that van outright), it doesn’t have as good a range or any of the pre-conditioning functions offered on the Renault.

All electric commercial vehicles qualify for the government’s Plug-In Van Grant, which takes some of the sting out of buying a Berlingo Electric. But this discount applies to the Kangoo Z.E., too.

The big benefit of electric vans is their low Benefit-in-Kind rates. All vans qualify for the same rate, which at the moment is around £2,000 less than for the diesel Berlingo van. Changes in the rates will see this double by 2020, although that’s still lower than a diesel van. As list prices don’t climb beyond £40,000, the Berlingo Electric is road-tax-exempt and qualifies for exemption from the London Congestion Charge and ULEZ.

Citroen Berlingo Electric insurance group

A Group 5 insurance rating is the same as for the Kangoo Z.E. and lower than the rating for the Nissan e-NV200.

Warranty

The Berlingo Electric has the same Citroen warranty as the diesel Berlingo, so it’s covered for three years/100,000 miles. It also has a five-year anti-perforation warranty to protect against any bodywork defects caused during production, and two-year paint cover. In addition, the Berlingo Electric has a warranty of eight years/60,000 miles that covers the battery against malfunction. This is par for the course in the electric-van market, while Citroen also offers 12 months' roadside assistance.

Servicing

Citroen offers assorted service plans for its vans, which you can take out up to 12 months after buying one. It offers options from 12 to 60 months and 10,000 to 100,000 miles, although you’d be going some to clock up that many miles in an electric van.

Road tax

With prices coming in below £25,000, the Berlingo Electric, like all electric vans, qualifies for zero road tax.

Depreciation

Very few Citroen Berlingo Electrics have been sold, which doesn't bode well for residual values. The van’s relative scarcity, combined with its limited electric range and dated running gear mean it’s unlikely to hold on to much of its new price after three years, even when compared to its EV rivals.