New Vauxhall Movano-e large electric van unveiled

The latest addition to Vauxhall’s range of electric commercial vehicles, the Movano-e sits above the Vivaro-e and Combo-e

Vauxhall Movano-e

Vauxhall has unveiled the Movano-e: the latest addition to its range of zero-emissions commercial vehicles. The large electric van will sit above the Vivaro-e and Combo-e in the brand’s line-up, and will be a rival for the Fiat e-Ducato, Renault Master E-TECH and Mercedes eSprinter.

The Movano-e is available with either a 37 or 70kWh battery, with a maximum range of 72 and 129 miles respectively. While charging times haven't been revealed yet, we do know that both models will use a single electric motor that produces 120bhp and 260Nm of torque.

The Movano-e will also be available in four wheelbase lengths (L1, L2, L3 and L4) and three heights (H1, H2 and H3), with a maximum cargo volume of 17 cubic metres – the same as the latest diesel Movano. The maximum payload of 2,100kg is also identical to what the diesel can manage.

Thanks to the battery being mounted under the cargo floor, there’s no compromise when it comes to cargo volume. It also means the Movano-e has a low centre of gravity, which improves stability, particularly when the van is fully loaded.

The Movano-e also gets safety systems such as forward collision alert, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and trailer merge assist, depending on which trim level you select.

Both the starting price and trim levels for the Movano-e have yet to be announced, but we expect it to start in the same £50,000-£60,000 price range as its rivals. As a zero-emissions vehicle, the Movano-e is eligible for the government's plug-in van grant and is exempt from the London Congestion Charge and other upcoming clean air zone fees.

Vauxhall managing director Paul Wilcox said: "with the introduction of [the] Movano-e, Vauxhall is now one of very few brands offering an electric variant across its entire LCV range, giving buyers the choice to go fully electric to suit the needs of their business and benefit from the environmental, ownership cost and user experience benefits they offer."

Vauxhall also recently unveiled the Vivaro-e Hydrogen van. The brand’s first hydrogen vehicle will be capable of up to 300 miles once topped up, and will go on sale in early 2023.