Alternative fuel versions of the UK’s best-selling small van, the New Look Citroen Berlingo, are now available. On sale this month are the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E and New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX.
New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E
The New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E is now on sale with a new pricing policy. The new zero emissions, congestion-charge exempt vehicle has a recommended retail price of £15,345 + VAT + delivery. In addition to the features found on New Look Berlingo LX models, the 500kg payload New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E’s price now includes batteries and a nearside, sliding side-load door.
Brian Roskell, Citroen’s commercial vehicle operations manager, explains, "We expect that the new battery-inclusive pricing policy adopted for the New Look Berlingo Electrique will increase sales. Previously this model was sold without batteries, which had to be leased separately. This arrangement created difficulties with other leasing companies, but the new pricing arrangement overcomes these problems."
Even though the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E carries 27 nicad batteries it has the same size load volume as the diesel/petrol powered models. This undiminished load volume is achieved thanks to the batteries’ location under the bonnet and under the rear load compartment floor.
The New Look Berlingo Electrique is suitable for a wide range of urban operations, including meals-on-wheels deliveries and other intensive multi-drop work. To give the performance required for this type of demanding urban operation a Leroy Somer 28kW output DC motor is specified.
This motor gives the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E a top speed of 60mph and acceleration from rest to 30mph in 8.4 seconds. Depending on operating conditions the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E has a practical range of up to 60 miles.
New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E models have a regeneration facility – this comes into effect as soon as the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator. The electric motor then acts as a generator recovering up to 20 per cent of the energy transmitted and also providing effective motor-braking.
From flat, the batteries can be charged in 9 hours from a normal 13amp mains electrical socket via the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E’s inbuilt charger unit.
New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX
The Citroen factory-built New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX is powered a 1.4 litre, 75hp engine. This power unit runs equally well on unleaded petrol or lpg fuel.
The 600kg payload vehicle is equipped with both a 60 litre petrol tank and a 36 litre lpg tank, which is mounted under the load area. Running on lpg the New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX has sufficient gas for around 250 miles of operation.
The New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX offers the twin benefits of quiet operation and low emissions, both important considerations for use in urban and other environmentally sensitive areas. It also has the same two year, unlimited mileage/three year, 100,000 mile warranty package as other petrol and diesel engined New Look Berlingos and requires servicing every 10,000 miles.
The New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX is also equipped to the same high standard as its petrol-engined counterpart. As such it has a power steering, remote control central locking, electrically heated mirrors, dual fold passenger seat, driver’s air bag, stereo radio/cassette, rubber load area floor mat, side rubbing protection strips and height adjustable steering column.
Recommended retail price of the New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX is a very competitive £9,995 + VAT + delivery. However until 31 March 2003, with Citroen’s current cashback offer, the New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX is even more competitively priced and will be available at only £8,809 + VAT + delivery (including current cashback offer).
With the availability of the New Look Berlingo Electrique 500E and the New Look Berlingo Dual Fuel 600i LX the Citroen New Look Berlingo range has the widest range of factory-built, power/fuel configurations of any van or car currently in production. The New Look Berlingo’s unique range of power/fuel choices includes:-
- 1.4i Dual Fuel (liquefied petroleum gas [lpg] and petrol)
- 1.9D naturally aspirated diesel
- 2.0HDi common rail turbo diesel
- 1.4i petrol engine
- Electric power