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Venturi does more than create whimsical concept vehicles for auto shows. The company also supports electric vehicles going on long-distance adventures, like from Shanghai to Paris. The latest mission sends an EV along 4,800 kilometres (2,982 miles) from Kenya to South Africa. The trip started last month and the car already has 3,500 km (2,174 mi) under its tires. Venturi says the trip represents "a fabulous human and technological adventure in the interest of sustainable development."

There's an old adage that in racing, how fast you can go is directly correlated to the depth of your pockets. A similar truth applies to electric vehicle range, as the new world record holder can attest. BEA-tricks, a German company that specializes in EV conversions, recently packed a Citroen Berlingo with 10 (!) lithium-ion battery packs, the kind typically found in the Smart ED. With a whopping 180-kWh (!) of cells on hand, the Berlingo was able to scratch out 621 miles of travel in 17 hours

PSA Peugeot Citroen has started delivering its Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo electric vans in France. 1,500 of the EV vans are scheduled to be manufactured through 2011. It's a small number, but bigger than the number of Ford Transit Connect Electric vans that FoMoCo says it will sell in the U.S. next year. PSA has contracted Monaco-based Venturi to supply EV components for the vans including the batteries and powertrains, and Venturi does not anticipate the supply contract to grow to lar

Earlier we brought you a screen shot of Citroen's website that features a countdown meter until the French automaker unveils its latest vehicle. Although we'll have to wait another couple of days to know for certain, the replacement for the Berlingo utility minivan is shaping up as a strong contender for the slot, with an undisguised photo of the new vehicle surfacing on the internet.

If you're going to deliver goods anywhere within the London Congestion Zone, the Nicholson McLaren Engines company would like you to consider converting your delivery truck over to dual fuel (petrol and LPG). Last week, NME converted its 1,000th Citroën Berlingo 600 LX 1.4i vanto dual fuel and, because a NME Berlingo dual fuel van is exempt from the London Congestion Charge (for meeting meeting Powershift Band 4 emissions standards) companies that make the switch can save a lot of cash driv

Auto Express is reporting that Citroen has introduced a working prototype of a consumer diesel-electric hybrid vehicle in the form of a converted Berlingo called the Efficient-C. This unique drive train is presumably what French Prime Minister David Mendibourne had in mind when he pledged to support the concept, though, Auto Express states it is the outcome of a collaborative British government-funded project that includes PSA Peugeot Citroen, Ricardo and QinetiQ.

After nearly three years of development, a U.K.-based team led by specialist engineering company Ricardo has delivered a full-hybrid diesel version of Citroen's Berlingo. Built in response to the U.K. Department of Transport's Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge, the fully-equipped van emits just 99 grams/km CO2 (equivalent to more than 75 mpg).