Citroën UK has helped independent motor factory Motor Parts Direct switch to electric, with an order for 40 Citroën ë-Berlingo Vans.
Motor Parts Direct selected the Citroën model as it moves into the electric van space for the first time. According to Citroën, Motor Parts Direct is the UK’s largest independent motor factor and has been operating since 1999.
This latest batch of vehicle deliveries from Citroën comes as Motor Parts Direct continues to grow across the country and looks to operate more sustainably.
Kevin Blazey, Marketing Director at Motor Parts Direct, commented: “We had been looking at an EV van that had the range and the quick charge facility, as more large cities are introducing congestion and low emission charges. We had a few demo electric vans in on test, before deciding to order the ë-Berlingo Vans. We ordered 40 EV vans and now have 40 sites with chargers, we found the range and quick charge on the ë-Berlingo Vans ideal for our local service. We have been very pleased with the build quality and the specification.”
The Citroën ë-Berlingo Van features a range of up to 171 miles (WLTP), a choice of two lengths, load capacity of up to 4.4m3 and a maximum payload of up to 803kg. Featuring a 50kWh battery and a 100kw (136hp) electric motor, ë-Berlingo Van supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80% charge taking just 30 minutes. Drivers can choose between three driving modes, Normal, Eco and Power, via a specific control in the centre console.