Wednesday June 03, 2020

Opel launches Vivaro-e for emission-free deliveries

The new Opel Vivaro-e
The new Opel Vivaro-e

German car manufacturer Opel has introduced its new mid-sized electric delivery van, the Opel Vivaro-e, which is the first purely battery-electric van and set to come on the market later this year.

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) comes at a time where more and more municipalities want the last-mile delivery of goods to be made emission-free. Customers can choose between three vehicle lengths and different styles.

Opel head Michael Lohscheller commented: "The new Opel Vivaro-e is the first purely electric commercial vehicle that starts in the Van D segment of medium-sized vans and offers a range of up to 330 km according to WLTP. It sets standards in user-friendliness, reliability and professional equipment."

Customers can choose between two differently sized lithium-ion batteries. Depending on requirements, a battery with 75 kWh for a range of up to 330 km and a 50 kWh battery for a maximum of 230 km according to WLTP are available.

Additionally, every Vivaro-e has the option of being charged at a quick charging station with 100 kW direct current. For example, the 50 kWh battery can be recharged to 80% in just 30 minutes. The larger 75 kWh battery only takes 45 minutes.

With up to 1,275 kg, the maximum payload is just below that of comparable conventional LCVs and additionally, Vivaro-e hauls almost as many loads as its brother Vivaro Cargo S with a two-litre diesel engine (up to 1,405 kg payload).

With an output of 100 kW (136 hp) and a maximum torque of 260 Newton meters, the Vivaro-e is more powerful than most other e-vans in its segment. The top speed is limited to 130 km / h, which protects the electrical range and at the same time corresponds to the motorway speed in Germany.

Thanks to the clever FlexCargo through-loading option on the passenger side, the loading volume of the S can be increased in an instant from 4.6 cubic meters to 5.1 cubic meters. This allows freight of up to 3.32 meters in length to be transported.

The other versions are called M (Medium) and L (Large) with vehicle lengths of 4.95 meters and 5.30 meters. The two "big ones" then offer loading volumes of 5.8 or 6.6 cubic meters. In the cockpit there are storage options for almost every purpose.

The wide opening rear and side doors make loading as easy as getting on and off the passengers. The sensor-controlled sliding doors are particularly practical. One movement of the foot next to the Vivaro-e is enough for the doors to open or close automatically.

SourceOpel, CEP-Research

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