New Vauxhall Combo-e electric van will go on sale in autumn 2021

Vauxhall Combo-e small electric van joins Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota sister models and will go on sale later this year

Vauxhall Combo-e

Vauxhall has revealed full details of the new Combo-e small electric van, which will go on sale in autumn 2021. The new van joins similar models from Citroen and Peugeot as part of parent company PSA Group's aim to electrify all of its vehicles by 2025 – and all its vans by the end of this year.

The Combo-e joins the Vivaro-e in Vauxhall's electric van range, while the larger Movano will get the full electrification treatment later in 2021. The Combo-e shares its mechanical platform with other small electric vehicles from the PSA Group brands, including the Vauxhall Corsa-e.

It uses the same 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor as the supermini, which here return an estimated maximum driving range of 171 miles. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 11.2 seconds and top speed is capped at 80mph to preserve range. Rapid charging will be supported at speeds up to 100kW, which is sufficient for an 80% top-up in 30 minutes. A 7kW on-board charger (for use when topping up from a wallbox) is standard; this is upgradeable to 11kW as an option.

The Combo-e will be available in two lengths, called L1H1 and L2H1. The former is 4.4 metres long and has a maximum load length of 3,090mm. It has a maximum payload of up to 800kg, a load volume of 3.8 cubic metres and is rated to tow up to 750kg. The L2H1 is 4.75 metres long and its load volume is extended to 4.4 cubic metres; it can accommodate objects up to 3,440mm long. There are six tie rings on the floor for securing loads, while the L2H1 variant can carry two Euro pallets, one behind the other.

Crew variants of the Combo-e L2H1 can seat up to four passengers as well as the driver, with cargo and equipment safely stowed behind the bulkhead. A flap in the mesh bulkhead allows longer items to be transported. Inside, owners can also get a large eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, while all Combo-e variants come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Combo-e will be a direct rival for the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner, which are mechanically identical. Pricing between the three related vans will vary based on standard equipment and appointments, however. Other rivals include the taxi-based LEVC VN5, as well as the forthcoming all-new Renault Kangoo Z.E, which shares its electric internals with the Renault ZOE hatchback.