Adrian Barnett, corporate sales manager at the Olds Group Citroen commercial vehicle dealer in Cheltenham, helped the Chard-based company through the process of obtaining a £2,220 grant for each vehicle through the Powershift programme.
The Berlingo Electrique costs £9,160 plus VAT, and monthly battery rental is £74 plus VAT. It has the same three cubic metre load volume as the petrol and diesel models and has a payload of 500kg. The motor gives a top speed of 60mph and acceleration from 0-30mph in 8.4 seconds. Depending on use, it has a practical range of about 60 miles.
From flat, the batteries can be charged in nine hours from a domestic plug via an in-built charger unit. Alternatively, by using a special higher amp output boost supply, they can be fast-charged for 10 minutes to give a range of about 12 miles.