In Britain, the Electric Berlingo is available to special order and a number have been put into service by UK municipal operators.
The Berlingo was, from its inception, designed with petrol, diesel, LPG and electric power in mind. Thus the capacity of all these versions remains the same at 3,0 m3. The 27 nicad batteries that power the Electric Berlingo are located under the bonnet and under the rear load floor. Payload is 500 kg.
The Electric Berlingo is intended to suit utility, municipal and other urban operations. With a top speed of 100 kph and 0 to 50 kph in 8,4 seconds, the Electric Berlingo has a practical range, depending on operating conditions, of up to 100 km.
Powered by a Leroy Somer 28kW DC motor, the Electric Berlingo features a regeneration system which comes into effect when the throttle is released; the electric motor then acts like a generator to recharge the batteries and to provide engine braking.
All the driver convenience functions of the other Berlingos are retained, such as power steering and servo brakes, the former being provided with power by a separate electric motor driving an hydraulic pump and the latter by an electric vacuum pump. Both systems are powered by a separate auxiliary battery.
From flat the batteries can be charged in nine hours using a normal domestic power supply and plug. The batteries can be fast charged for ten minutes to give 20 km of operation.