THE British-built Vauxhall Vivaro will be plugging into a building site near you.
The popular Vivaro is expanding its horizons by going zero emission. Built on the same line as the diesel version, the Vivaro-e will be available in two lengths and two heights. There will also be a double cab version.
Far from being a last mile delivery van, Vauxhall says its Vivaro-e has nearly all the beef of the standard diesel van.
Payload is rated at up to 1,226kgs, only 130kgs below the diesel, with gross vehicle weights ranging up to 3,100kg.
There’s all the clever storage ability you expect already from a Vivaro. Thanks to the practical FlexCargo load-through on the front passenger side, the cargo length can be extended by 1.2m. With this, L1H1 (4.96m long) and L2H1 (5.30m long) can securely store ladders, conduit or piping up to 3.67 or 4.02m in length. Inside the driver compartment there is also a multitude of storage areas for numerous smaller items.
Flexcargo also increases maximum cargo capacities to 5.8 and 6.6m3 respectively.
Charging up the electric Vivaro
Talking of flexibility, Vivaro-e is available with two sizes of lithium-ion battery. For firms that need daily distance, there’s a 75kWh unit providing up to 205 miles of range; meanwhile business trade users that cover local areas during the day can choose the 50kWh battery options with a range of up to 143 miles.
The batteries are packaged under the loading space which lowers the van’s centre of gravity, and provides greater stability when it is fully laden.
Most local business users will be able to charge the van up overnight when necessary with a wall box. A 7kWh box will take seven hours to charge the 50kW battery from empty to full; it can even be charged by a domestic three-pin plug although this will take about 20 hours from empty to full.
Alternatively, for drivers on the road, a fast-charging 100kW DC public charging station will take the 50kWh battery version to 80 per cent charge in just half an hour.
Battery charge can be checked from a smartphone via the VauxhallConnect e-remote control functions, as well pre-programming air conditioning and setting charging times (for times when you may have a lower cost rate of electricity, for example).
The new electric van from Vauxhall offers trades in particular a great opportunity to drive zero emission and at greatly reduced cost. At an average cost of 14p per kWh for electricity it will cost just £7 for a full charge and 143 miles.
We don’t know the lease rates on a Vauxhall Vivaro-e just yet, but will update you as soon as we have them. In the meantime, you can view our current Vivaro lease deals we’re offering.
13th of May 2020