Vauxhall reveals details of electric Vivaro

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020   |   Author: James Dallas

Vauxhall has revealed details of its Vivaro-e, which is available to order in June with first deliveries expected in September.

Powered by the most powerful 100kW (136hp) electric motor with 260Nm torque, the brand claims the plug-in van has a range of 205 miles on the WLTP cycle. Customers covering shorter distances can opt for a 50kWh battery with a claimed range of up to 143 miles.

Like the diesel Vivaro, the electric version is based on fellow PSA Group products the Citroen (e-) Dispatch and Peugeot (e-) Expert.

Vauxhall claims a payload of up to 1,226kg makes the Vivaro-e competitive with most diesel rivals and the weight capacity is only 130kg less than its own diesel sibling.

The manufacturer also claims the Vivaro-e is the only electrified vehicle in its segment that can pull trailers - with a maximum towing capacity of 1.0-tonne.

The electric model’s batteries are packaged under the loading space so that they do not compromise its usage, according to Vauxhall, while the low centre of gravity also benefits the van’s cornering and stability even when it is fully laden.

The Vivaro-e can be charged from a wall box, fast charging or via a cable from a domestic plug socket.

Using a 100kW DC public charging station, charging of the 50kWh battery to 80% takes 30 minutes, rising to 45 minutes for the 75 kWh battery. Both batteries are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile guarantee.

From launch the Vivaro-e will be offered in panel van (L1H1 and L2H1) and crew van guises with a passenger-carrying version joining the line-up later. Maximum load volumes for the single-cab vans extend from 5.8 to 6.6m3.

The Vivaro-e will be followed to market by the Combo-e light van in 2021.





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