Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life: details, specifications and on-sale date

Up to nine-seater minibus version of fully electric Vivaro-e van revealed

Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life – a minibus version of the brand's Vivaro-e panel van – has been revealed. Seating up to nine, it's a sister model to the recently unveiled Peugeot e-Traveller and Citroen e-SpaceTourer, sharing their 143-mile driving range and 134bhp electric motor.

Like those models, it'll be in UK showrooms before the end of 2020, with order books opening during the summer. While Citroen's take on the minibus is available here in one chassis length only, the Vivaro-e Life mirrors the Peugeot version in being offered in either 'M' or 'L' lengths.

Five, six, seven or eight-seat variants with plush leather upholstery are offered, while a more utilitarian version squeezes in an extra seat to carry the maximum of nine passengers. VIP versions boast features such as a massage function and electric heating for the front seats and movable leather chairs in the rear, with 48cm wide seat cushions.

The minibus' 50kWh battery pack is made up of 18 modules and contained entirely within the floor of the vehicle, so it doesn't impinge on passenger or luggage space, which stands at around 4,500 litres in the 'L' version. Recharging the batteries to 80% capacity takes in the region of half an hour from a 100kW public rapid-charging point.

Slower charging from a standard domestic socket or wallbox is also possible. The standard on-board charger runs at 7.4kW, while an optional 11kW on-board charger allows users to take advantage of three-phase power points typically found on industrial or business premises.

On-board technology includes numerous driver-assistance systems, including pedestrian detection, automatic braking, semi-adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness warnings, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors and a head-up display. There's also full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, while an optional trailer hitch allows the Vivaro-e Life to haul a trailer weighing up to 1,000kg.