first positive contact with this electrician

first positive contact with this electrician


As part of the collaboration between Citroën and Automobile Propre, Damien is testing the ë-Berlingo Van for 15 days, the 100% electric MPV utility version from the chevron brand. After a week behind the wheel, here are his first driving impressions and his feelings about electric motorization…

What could be more logical than an electrician driving an electric car? Damien, an electrician in Nantes, has not yet taken action, but he is thinking more and more…” I asked a few years ago about an electric car from a brand that competes with Citroën, but at the time, its range of almost 100 kilometers was not enough. And it was not financially attractive, because it was necessary, in addition, to rent a battery, which was quite expensive. But today, the situation is different and this real-life test of the Citroën ë-Berlingo Van is a great opportunity to take stock. “, he emphasizes before adding:” Electricity interests me more and more, for ecological reasons, but also for the image question with my customers for whom I sometimes install charging stations of the Wallbox type. And then, even if Nantes is not yet affected by the ZFEs (low production zone), sooner or later I will have to use electricity to be able to access my sites in the city center… »

Still, after a week of driving, Damien is getting used to driving the ë-Berlingo Van quite well, which he is testing in its M version, 4.40 m long (also available in the 4.75m XL size). The electric organization that, let’s remember, is based on the same traction chain as the big ë-Jumpy organization, which is an electric motor that develops up to 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque, associated with a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery. giving it a range of 275 kilometers in the combined WLTP cycle.

Damien appreciates its “very quiet operation in all conditions” and “all the smoother as there are no gear changes”. It also gets its own shows It is largely sufficient for journeys made in Nantes and its suburbs, often under 90 km/h. (ë-Berlingo Van has a speed limit of 130 km/h, editor’s note). And this, regardless of the selected driving mode: Normal (80 kW/210 Nm) which allows the best compromise between autonomy and power performance, Eco (60 kW/180 Nm), which increases consumption by reducing especially the thermal performance. with air conditioning and Power (100 kW/260 Nm), more suitable for heavy loads or for driving on expressways.

As an electric voucher, the ë-Berlingo Van of course offers delayed charging of its battery and the initial air conditioning of its passenger compartment remotely through the “My Citroën” app, the latter also enabling checking the state of charge and ‘battery. life. Finally, note that the ë-Berlingo Van can be recharged for 15 hours on a reinforced Green’up type socket, for 7.30 hours on a single-phase 7.4 kW Wall Box and for 5 hours on a three-phase kW Wall Box 11, and a mode 3 cable is available as an accessory. On a 100 kW speed terminal, through its comb connector, it recovers 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

“He puts you at ease immediately”

Damien (age 37), Electrician, Nantes (44)

Compared to my vans that I use on my construction sites, I find the ë-Berlingo Van quite high and large with a front cabin, a high and short bonnet and a large windscreen which ensures good visibility. As with most utility vehicles, the interior design is couched and the plastics are hard, but it’s all well finished and the presentation is smart, like the plush cloth seats and nice floor mats.

The instrument, which offers several display options including navigation and a full electronic interface, is also practical. Like the large color touchscreen (8-inch editor’s note) and the head-up display that shows a lot of information in a very readable way.

From the start, I quickly got used to driving this 100% electric Citroën ë-Berlingo Van. Already, it immediately puts you at ease thanks to its smooth steering, its short turning radius that makes maneuvering easier and its good road holding that makes it turn flat in curves. I only regret braking which is not easy to measure. But what I notice most when driving this ë-Berlingo Van is the silence that reigns inside its cabin. No mechanical noise, no rotating noise, no external noise, no noise from the loading behind the partition wall which also seems to be silent: this side of feeling changes me from my usual diesel services (in this end ” Package Driver Connect”, ë-Berlingo Van does not sound the best as it is installed as standard with the Editor’s note “acoustic package”.

And then, with its smoothness, the power and instant torque of the electric car make driving very enjoyable during low-speed restarts and allow you to participate more calmly in the many laps of Nantes. In addition, even if you feel the power difference between the different driving modes (Eco, Normal and Power Editor specifications), this ë-Berlingo Van remains surprisingly responsive even in Eco mode. Alternatively, I also use the “B” energy recovery mode when decelerating, which greatly increases engine stopping and has a beneficial effect on my fuel consumption.

Since the start of the test, the latter has averaged 18 kWh/100 km, with a range of 250 km, more than enough to cover my 60 to 100 km per day. Finally, regarding recharging the battery, I am used to plugging it in at night in the common socket in my company, but also during the day when a public charging station is available near my workplaces. Not far from my house, a direct 50 kW terminal allows me to charge up to 100% in less than an hour. Still, if I had to drive an electric car all year round, I would install a Wallbox to be more peaceful, especially since I realize that the network of stations is still very small within the Nantes road. »