The Opel Vivaro-e is the first all-electric commercial vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer and it arrives on the market just as the emission-free delivery of goods and services is becoming a must in many areas. Order books are due to open this summer, followed by first deliveries during the course of the year. The Vivaro-e is produced in the same plant on the same line as the versions with diesel engines.
While the Vivaro-e is as versatile and flexible as any other Vivaro, its payloads are comparable to those of similar LCVs with internal combustion engines: with 1,275kg, the Vivaro-e offers a payload almost as high as the Cargo S 2.0-litre diesel versions (maximum payload 1,405 kg). The e-van is also the only electrified vehicle from an automobile manufacturer available ex works with an optional trailer hitch that allows a maximum towing capacity of 1,000kg.
Vivaro-e customers can choose between two sizes of lithium ion battery, depending on their needs: with 75kWh for up to 330km or, for those who have a less intensive daily use of their vehicle, with 50kWh and a range of up to 230 kilometres, both in the WLTP1 test cycle. The batteries consist of 18 and 27 modules respectively. As a battery electric version was planned from the beginning, the batteries are packaged under the loading space in such a way that they do not compromise usage.
A sophisticated regenerative braking system, which recovers the energy produced under braking or deceleration, further increases efficiency.
With 100kW (136hp) and 260 Nm of torque from the electric propulsion system, the Vivaro‑e offers higher performance than most electric commercial vehicles. The electronically controlled maximum speed of 130 km/h enables Autobahn speed while also preserving the electric range. The battery located under the load compartment further lowers the centre of gravity, which benefits the cornering and wind stability of the Vivaro-e even when it is fully loaded, while also contributing to higher driving pleasure.
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