Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric van: specs, prices and photos
Vauxhall has revealed the first pictures and further details of its upcoming Vivaro-e mid-size electric van, sister model to the recently announced Citroen Dispatch Electric.
The Vivaro-e will be available to order from June 2020 and will be sold with a choice of two body variants and lengths. Two battery sizes – 50 and 75kWh – offer driving ranges of 125 and 185 miles respectively.
The Vivaro-e will offer a payload of up to 1,226kg – one of the best payloads for an electric van and only 130kg less than the maximum payload of a diesel Vivaro – and will also be rated for towing trailers of up to 1,000kg.
Tech specs and charging
The Vivaro-e was designed from scratch to house the same electric powertrain that we’ve driven in the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, which means an electric motor offering 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. In the Vivaro-e, that delivers a top speed of 81mph.
Charging speeds peak at 100kW, which will give you a 20-80% top-up from a 150kW DC rapid charger in around 30 minutes for the 50kWh model and 45 minutes for the 75kWh variant.
A standard 7.4kW wallbox will deliver a full charge in under eight hours for the smaller battery or 11 hours for the longer-range variant. An optional 11kW on-board charger can reduce those times to under six and eight hours respectively for the short and long-range Vivaro-e, but you will need three-phase electrics to have an 11kW charger installed.
All the cables necessary for charging at a three-pin domestic socket and Type 2 AC chargers (which include home wallboxes and most public chargers) are included, while DC rapid chargers always have a CCS cable that will fit the Vivaro-e’s socket tethered to the station itself.
Payload and body variants
The Vivaro-e will be offered as a panel van or double-cab, with both variants coming in at 1.9 metres tall, allowing access to most height-restricted car parks. The shorter variant measures 4.96 metres in length, while the longer variant is stretched to 5.3 metres. A passenger version of the Vivaro-e will also join the range after the launch of the vans.
Vauxhall hasn’t confirmed specifics for the double-cab Vivaro-e, but the panel van has a maximum payload of 1,226kg and can also tow a trailer of up to 1,000kg. A ‘FlexCargo’ load-through system on the passenger side allows for the load bay to be extended by an additional 1.2 metres, which results in a maximum load bay length of 3.67 metres for the shorter L1H1 van, while the longer L2H1 will carry items up to 4.02 metres. Maximum total cargo capacities are 5.8 and 6.6 cubic metres (including the FlexCargo area) respectively.
A full suite of safety aids are available optionally, including a head-up display, autonomous emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition and lane-keep assistance.
Full standard specification and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect the Vivaro-e to start from under £30,000.
A smaller electric Vauxhall van – the Combo-e – will be the next full electric commercial vehicle from the brand; it's set to arrive in 2021.
There are also rumours of a VXR model, bringing back the famous Vauxhall performance badge. At the moment, the Vivaro-e VXR is likely to feature only styling upgrades, but Vauxhall hasn’t ruled out performance improvements in the future. Vauxhall also confirmed a hotter VXR version of its new Corsa-e supermini, while sister brand Opel has unveiled a Corsa-e rally car.
Elsewhere, the next-generation of the Mokka small SUV will be available with electric power when it enters production next year, and the British brand has also launched a plug-in hybrid version of its Grandland X SUV.