The world of electric vans is a bit like the world of electric cars. Many brands have launched electric commercials so far. Now, Vauxhall and Opel are also throwing their hats into the ring with “Vivaro-e.”
Presented at the end of last year, Vivaro-e was created on the basis of the usual Vivaro model, but instead of the internal combustion engine, it received an electric power unit. Buyers will be able to choose between two options for lithium-ion batteries.
The standard version was equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, which allows you to overcome electric traction up to 230 km (143 miles) through the WLTP cycle. Executions are more expensive with a battery capacity of 75 kWh; such electric vans can travel 330 km or 205 miles (WLTP) without recharging.
The battery is located under the floor of the cargo compartment, which not only reduces the center of gravity but also does not affect the amount of usable space. In terms of other technical features and performance, the Vivaro-e’s electric motor will deliver 100 kW or 134 hp and 260 Nm of torque, with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).
The batteries are located under the cargo compartment, which not only reduces the center of gravity but also does not affect the amount of usable space. As far as charging is concerned, it will be powered by a single-phase 7.4 kW or three-phase 11 kW charger. Using a powerful 100 kW DC charger will allow a standard battery to charge up to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes, and for a 75 kWh battery, it will take 45 minutes. Vivaro-e already in the standard version received an on-board charger with a capacity of 74 kW.
Besides, the Vivaro-e boasts the same advances in safety and connectivity as its internal combustion sister. These include adaptive cruise control, traffic signal recognition, and even a driver fatigue detection system. The infotainment equipment has a 7-inch screen and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also, they will be available in three lengths and with many body versions. While its gross weight will be from 2800 to 3100 kg, it will be able to carry a load of up to 1275 kg, and there will be the possibility for an additional load of up to 1000 kg through trailer towing. Vauxhall plans to start taking orders for the Vivaro-e in June 2020 and begin deliveries later in the year.