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Motor factor orders 40 Citroen e-Berlingo vans

Motor Parts Direct, the UK’s largest independent motor factor, has started switching its fleet to electric with an order for 40 Citroen e-Berlingo Vans.

The latest vehicle delivery from Citroen comes as Motor Parts Direct continues to grow across the UK and looks to operate more sustainably.

The company said it had been looking for an electric van with a desirable range and quick charge facility, as more large cities introduce congestion and low emission charges.

The e-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 0.8 tonnes.

Featuring a 50kWh battery and a 136hp electric motor, it supports up to 100kW rapid (DC) charging, with an 80 per cent charge taking about 30 minutes.

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

Motor Parts Direct, which has been operating since 1999, operates an 850-strong Citroen fleet.

Its marketing director, Kevin Blazey said: “We had a few demo electric vans in on test, before deciding to order the e-Berlingo vans.

“We ordered 40 EV vans and now have 40 sites with chargers, we found the range and quick charge on the e-Berlingo vans ideal for our local service. We have been very pleased with the build quality and the specification.”