French postal service finally chooses the Venturi-powered Citroën Berlingo

After the call for offers by La Poste, the French Postal Service, a 250-unit contract for electric delivery vans has been awarded to the Citroën Berlingo First. The model, which is based on the standard Citroën Berlingo, features batteries and a powertrain developed by Venturi. The specs? A three-phase electric motor good for 42 kW (57hp) using nickel and sodium chlorine batteries that provides a range of 100 km (about 60 miles) with a maximum speed of 110 km/h. Using a standard European 220V plug, an 80 percent charge takes 5 hours. Life expectancy is about 1,000 cycles. Work-wise, the Citroën Berlingo First is able to load up to 3 cubic meters (105 cu. ft.) and 500 kg (1100 lb) of payload. These electric vans will join the first 100 electric quads, called Quadéo, which are used for the postal service in the 7th and 8th districts of Paris

[Source: Venturi and La Poste]

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