VAUXHALL’S first factory-built, fully-electric van, the Vivaro-e, will have a range of up to 205 miles.
The electric version is built on the same line as the diesel-engined Vivaro, and available to order from June in two lengths and two body variants.
The 75kw version will be able to travel up to 205 miles on a full charge while 50Kw variants have a range of 143 miles on the WLTP cycle, meaning that multi-drop deliveries around large town and cities on a single charge will be a reality.
The Vivaro-e’s payload of up to 1,226kgs is comparable to that of similar LCVs with internal combustion engines and only 130kgs less than a Vivaro diesel. It is also the only electrified vehicle in its segment that has the ability to pull trailers, with a maximum towing capacity of 1.0 tonne.
The batteries comprise 18 and 27 modules respectively, and the system is cooled via the cabin’s coolant circuit for optimized range and an increased lifetime.
Since a battery electric version was planned from the beginning of Vivaro’s development, the batteries are packaged under the loading space in such a way that they do not compromise its usage.
A sophisticated regenerative braking system, which recovers the energy produced under braking or deceleration, further increases efficiency.
It can be charged via wall box, fast charging or even a cable for charging from a domestic plug socket if necessary.
Using a 100kW DC public charging station, charging of the 50kWh battery to 80 per cent only takes 30 minutes – and 45 minutes for the 75 kWh battery.
Depending on the distances a user drives on a daily basis and on the time left between usage phases to charge the battery, they will find the standard, single-phase 7.4kW on-board charger sufficient, or opt for the optional three-phase 11kW on-board charger. Both on-board chargers ensure that charging times are as fast as possible and that the battery (covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile guarantee) has a long life.
With the VauxhallConnect e-remote control functions, customers can use their smartphones to check the battery’s state-of-charge or programme air conditioning and charging times.
The Vivaro-e comes as panel van and double-cab being available for commercial applications, with a passenger vehicle to follow. The panel van has payloads of up to 1,226kg, with gross vehicle weights ranging up to 3,100kg.