Independent motor factor Motor Parts Direct has begun switching its fleet to electric, with an order for 40 Citroën ë-Berlingo Vans.

Motor Parts Direct, which has an 850-strong Citroën fleet, is the UK’s largest independent motor factor and has been operating since 1999.

The ë-Berlingo Van has a range of up to 171 miles, 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, it supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80% charge taking 30 minutes.

Drivers can also choose between three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Power – via a specific control in the centre console.

This latest vehicle delivery 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 “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.”

Eurig Druce, managing director of Citroën UK, said, “Citroën ë-Berlingo Van is an important model in our electric van line-up. We know it can reduce total cost of ownership for a whole range of businesses.”


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