The E-Berlingo Multispace is based on Citroën's electric Berlingo van – of which just 19 were sold in the UK last year – and can travel for up to 106 miles before needing a recharge. That's significantly less range than most other conventional electric cars: the Zoe can travel for up to 250 miles, while the Leaf and Volkswagen's e-Golf can travel 124 and 118 miles respectively.
Defending the E-Berlingo's range, Citroën says that most European drivers travel less than 60 miles each day. The car's electric motor provides 66bhp and 148lb ft of torque.
Even with the addition of two lithium-ion battery packs, the E-Berlingo Multispace's storage space is unchanged. With 676 litres of space available with all five seats in place - rising to 3000 litres with the rear seats folded away - the Multispace has more space than many other conventional MPVs like the VW Touran and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, which means you'll be able to pack the Berlingo full of people and luggage and still have room to spare.
New options and features
Like other electric cars, the E-Berlingo Multispace can be charged to 80% of capacity (enough in this case for about 85 miles of range) in 30 minutes using a public charging point. A full charge takes eight hours, or ten hours from a domestic socket.
The options list includes air conditioning, parking sensors, and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system. New additions over the regular Berlingo Multispace include a smartphone app which allows drivers to pre-set the car's climate settings and view the battery's charge level, plus a driver assistance programme which offers eco-driving tips to boost range. The car's navigation system also displays nearby charging points.
Big price hike
Citroën says the E-Berlingo Multispace will go on sale in the UK in the autumn, with prices expected to start well above the current range-topping Berlingo Multispace, which will cost you £20,345. The Berlingo electric van, meanwhile, is priced from £26,100. Given the usual price jump for electric cars, we'd expect the E-Berlingo Multispace to cost you around £29,000 - making it one of the more expensive choices in this growing market.
Being an all-electric car, though, the Berlingo will qualify for the government's full electric vehicle grant of £4500, and will cost you nothing in tax under the new VED rules.
This isn't Citroën's first electric car – the French brand already sells the C-Zero electric city car in this country, and the e-Mehari, a small electric convertible, is available in France.
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