The Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric: The Complete Guide For India

The Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 153 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The Citroen ë-Berlingo Electric

Citroën is a leading French automobile manufacturer, now owned by Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). Stellantis owns a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of leading automotive brands, to include, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Citroen electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models: 

The internal combustion engine (ICE) Berlingo was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1996 (first generation). The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is now in its third generation, which was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. The Berlingo has been sold as both a commercial van and a passenger vehicle. Since 1996 more than 1.5 million vehicles have been sold.

The ë-Berlingo passenger electric van was launched in January 2021. The new Citroën pure electric MPV has been positioned as a leisure activity vehicle, that offers the versatility for ‘everyday practicality and adventure for the great outdoors’. The MPV is appropriate for families seeking an affordable electric car that offers space and practicality.

The pure electric MPV is available in two sizes: the 5-seater M version (4.4m) and the 7-seater XL version (4.75m). The seven-seater has an additional third passenger row, which offers ample headroom. The plug-in electric passenger van also offers easy access to the rear passenger seats, given the sliding doors, perfect for carparks with tight spaces. The electric Berlingo is family-friendly, with the rear seats (when folded) offering up to 4,000 L volume and more than 3m of loading length in the XL versions. The M version offers a 775 L boot and the XL offers 1050 L.

The electric vehicle (EV) has a 50 kWh EV battery with a zero-tailpipe emission electric range between 152 – 182 miles. However, on the WLTP standard, the electric range is 153 miles on a fully charged battery. Of course, do keep in mind that the real-world pure electric range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, payload, weather, road conditions, onboard services uses etc.

Expect a real-world e-range closer to 130 miles, which is still very useful for a family vehicle. The majority of day-to-day trips are shorter commutes (below 12 miles) i.e. grocery store, school-runs, work etc. In any case, for day and weekend trips on the motorway, the electric range is decent! However, we urge Citroën to also offer this EV in a larger battery size, closer to 100 kWh.

The e-van also benefits from DC charging capability. The passenger electric van can be charged up to 100 kW DC charging i.e. up to 80% charge in 30 minutes. Just sufficient time for a short break for rest! For home charging using a dedicated 7 kW EV charger like the Easee EV charger, a full charge will take up to 8 hours. The EV has a 7.4 kW onboard charger. We at e-zoomed recommend charging the electric vehicle overnight, when the electricity prices are cheaper.

The e-MPV is equipped with a 8″ display (Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto), 18 driving assistance systems: head-up display, intelligent beam headlights, active safety brake, collision risk alert, keyless entry/start, 180-degree colour reversing camera, park assist, active lane departure warning system, blind spot monitoring and more. The EV also has four connectivity technologies.

In terms of performance, as you can expect from a family MPV, it is reasonable but not brisk. The front-wheel drive EV can achieve 0-62 mph in 11.5 seconds (max power: 134 hp). The top speed is 83 mph. Yes, the EV benefits from instant torque. The electric van offers 3 driving modes: Normal, Eco and Power. The Eco mode optimises energy consumption and the Power mode is to maintain the performance of the vehicle when fully loaded.

Bottom-line, the EV is well suited for families and company-car drivers seeking a practical, zero-tailpipe emission passenger electric van. The Citroën EV is not available in India.

An affordable family electric people carrier : value for moneyOnly available in a 50 kWh EV battery option with limited EV range
A family-friendly practical passenger electric vanInfotainment system can be improved
DC charging up to 100 KWPerformance lacks inspiration

The Citroën ë-Berlingo Electric (credit: Citroen)

One of the key advantages of driving an electric vehicle (EV), is that, it is cheaper to drive, compared to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE), petrol and diesel vehicles. For many years, we have witnessed a significant increase in prices at petrol pumps across India. However, this is not an ‘India’ only trend, but a global trend. We can continue to expect an inflation in global petrol and diesel prices for the foreseeable future.

Both, a pure electric car and a plug-in hybrid electric car, offer significant savings on driving costs per mile, when driven on zero-tailpipe emission electric mode. In India, filling a petrol or diesel car can cost anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. As an example, the very popular Audi Q7 diesel SUV has a fuel capacity of 85 litres. Assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 90, the cost of filling a full tank will be up to Rs 7,650!

In comparison, the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV , which is now available in India, and a similar size to the Audi Q7, can be fully recharged for less than Rs 1,000. Put another way, charging the Audi electric SUV, can save up to 85% compared to filling a full tank of fuel (in India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh).

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant! The sooner you switch to green cars, the sooner you can start saving money. That is simply the bottom-line!

 At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:MPV
Available In India:No

 Variants (2 Options)
Electric M
Electric XL

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7.4 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions (M Version)
Height (mm):1844
Width (mm):1848
Length (mm): 4403
Wheelbase (mm):2785
Turning Circle (m):10.8
Boot Space (L):775

ë-Berlingo M
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):153 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):194
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7.4 kW (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Top Speed:83 mph
0-62 mph:11.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Horsepower (hp):134
Torque (Nm):260
Seats:5 or 7
Unladen Weight (kg):1,739
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Star

Pure Electric Cars Available In India

For most of us in India, recognising an electric car on our roads will be a challenge. Compared to the more matured EV markets, like China and Europe, the availability of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in India is still limited. Having said that, the leading automotive manufacturers in India, like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, have demonstrated leadership in the development and introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in India, to include, the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eVerito. Tata announced recently it had increased its sale of EVs in India by a whopping 353% in FY22 compared to FY21. Tata sold 19,106 EVs in FY22.

India currently has up to 20 pure electric cars on sale, ranging from Rs 11.99 to Rs 2.05 Crore. Leading international automotive brands like Audi AG, BMW AG, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Mercedes-Benz, MG Motors, Porsche AG & the Volvo Group have introduced plug-in pure electric cars in India. We can expect many more international automotive companies to follow suit, to include, the famed EV manufacturer, Tesla Inc. In fact, Elon Musk has already made public his intentions to sell Tesla electric cars in India.

For the successful development of the electric driving market, the deployment of widespread EV charging infrastructure is a prerequisite, to include, charging at home and public EV charging stations. In India, electric car charging infrastructure is still at very nascent stages. The total number of public charge points in India are currently a mere 1,742. EV chargers installed at homes is also at a nascent stage.

Lastly, the introduction of cheaper electric cars with longer ranges is vital in building confidence with potential buyers to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric cars. EVs at a price point below Rs 20 Lakhs will be key in spurring growth in the Indian EV market. Below is a list of BEVs currently available in India.

EV Type Of EV Price
Audi e-tronBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.00 Crore
Audi RS e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 2.05 Crore
Audi e-tron SportbackBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.19 Crore
Audi e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.8 Crore
BMW iX Electric SAVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.16 Crore
Hyundai Kona ElectricBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 23.79 Lakhs
Jaguar I-PACEBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.05 Crore
Mercedes-Benz EQCBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.06 Crore
MG ZS EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 21.49 Lakhs
Porsche TaycanBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs. 1.5 Crore
Porsche Cayenne E Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 1.58 Crore
Tata Tigor EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 11.99 Lakhs
Tata Nexon Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 14.24 Lakhs
Volvo XC90Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 95 Lakhs

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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