Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric van launched

New fully electric version of Vauxhall's big-selling Vivaro has an official range of up to 188 miles...

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The electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e van has been launched, offering a range of up to 188 miles.

The van, available to order from June, will be built on the same production line in Luton as the big-selling diesel Vivaro.

Buyers will be able to choose from two bodystyles: a full-length panel van or a double-cab version with two passenger rows. Both are available as long or short wheelbase models.

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Payload capacity is 1226kg - 130kg less than a diesel-powered version of the Vivaro. It also has a towing capacity of 1000kg.

Power comes from the same 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery pack used in the Vauxhall Corsa-e small car that was launched earlier this year. The standard 50kW battery pack delivers a range rated at 125 miles, but buyers can upgrade to a  75kWh pack that gives a range rated at 188 miles.

Access to a 100kW rapid-charger - which are increasingly available around UK public charging points - would allow an owner of the standard car to charge from empty to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes, or an enhanced battery in 45 minutes, says Vauxhall. A 74kW on-board charger is fitted as standard, but a three-phase 11kW unit can be equipped for faster charging times.

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Both battery packs are situated under the van’s floor, meaning the impact on carrying capacity is minimal. Vauxhall also highlights that the lowdown weight of the batteries lowers the van’s centre of gravity, improving stability.

Standard kit mirrors the diesel Vivaro’s, including a head-up display, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking and a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen. 

Vauxhall plans to offer an electrified version of all its vans by 2024, and will launch an electric version of the Vauxhall Combo in 2021.

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