The usual Citroen fanfare took place at this year’s CV Show at Birmingham’s NEC – this time for the UK launch of the new Berlingo Electrique where silver-clad dancers gyrated to some ‘electro’ music to a rapt crowd.
Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Centre Programme at Citroën UK, Scott Michael is looking forward not only to fleet sales of the vehicle, but also some retail business, he remarks, “Dealers are telling us that walk-ins to the dealerships want to talk about the Electrique.” Citroen have previously marketed an electric Berlingo in the UK between 1998 ad 2005, but the new van lasts longer, is quicker to charge. Despite Michael’s optimism about retail sales, he is not prepared to commit to forecasting sales figures and if you want to buy one you will have to order it from the Spanish factory and wait for delivery.
The £21,300+VAT price tag of the Electrique makes it look expesive next to a standard Berlingo, but apply the Government’s grant and the price reduces to sub-£17k+VAT. Compare this to a diesel Berlingo at about £11,000 and you could imagine saving these amounts in fuel and servicing costs over the lifetime of the van. Residual value indications will have to wait, as the guides are currently looking at the Electrique – they will be please, however, that the batteries will be included with the vehicle and not leased separately like the Kangoo.