New all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e van launched
The brand new, all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e van has been launched, tasked with rivalling the likes of the Mercedes eVito and Nissan e-NV200. It’ll be accessible to order from June this yr, with first deliveries anticipated to reach this September, as soon as the government-imposed journey restrictions have been lifted.
The Vauxhall Vivaro-e is predicated on the identical EMP2 platform as its conventionally-powered sibling, giving it comparable ranges of practicality. As an electrical model of the Vivaro was deliberate from the automobile’s conception, the battery packs don’t intrude on cabin house, which means the Vivaro-e’s most load quantity stays unchanged at 6.6 cubic metres.
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As well as, its most payload is barely 130kg lower than the diesel mannequin at 1,226kg. When it goes on sale this summer season, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e will even be the one electrical automobile in its phase which is able to pulling a trailer, with a towing capability of 1 tonne.
The Vauxhall Vivaro-e shares its styling with the usual mannequin, albeit with the addition of physique colored bumpers, painted door mirrors, new LED daytime operating lights, a extra intricate radiator grille and a charging port mounted on the entrance nearside wing.
It’s powered by the identical electrical motor because the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208, which develops 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. The motor and its ancillaries occupy the identical house because the diesel engine in the usual Vivaro, sending energy to the entrance wheels through a single pace transmission. High pace is electronically restricted to 81mph.
Two battery sizes can be accessible from launch, with patrons supplied both a 50kWh or a 75kWh unit. Vauxhall says the previous battery pack gives a most WLTP vary of 125 miles, whereas the latter offers a spread of as much as 188 miles. Each items function an on-board 7.4kW charger as commonplace, though an 11kW system can be accessible as an elective additional.
When plugged right into a commercially accessible 100kW DC fast-charger, Vauxhall’s 50kWh battery pack will recuperate an 80 % cost in round 30 minutes. Utilizing the identical system, the 75kWh unit will take round 45 minutes to attain an an identical state of cost.
Like the standard Vivaro, commonplace gear ought to embody computerized headlamps, rain- sensing wipers, thickened side-glazing and a pace limiter. Patrons will even get a rear-view digital camera, a blind-spot monitoring system, semi-adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help and a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Vauxhall plans to additional increase its electrical portfolio over the approaching years, as a part of the model’s pledge to ship eight new electrified fashions by 2021. All-electric variants of the brand new Combo and Combo Life would be the subsequent fashions to reach, each of which can use a modified model of the Vivaro-e’s electrical structure. Vauxhall will even launch an all-electric variant of the Vivaro Life earlier than the tip of subsequent yr.
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