Opel Vivaro-e to be delivered before 2020

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Opel has now provided more details on the purely electric version of its Vivaro van, which will be available for order from the summer and is expected to reach the first customers in the course of the year. However, the prices for the Vivaro-e will not be available until the start of ordering.

Until then, the technical details will remain: As expected, the Opel Vivaro-e uses much-known PSA technology. The electric motor has an output of 100 kW, the battery has an energy content of 50 kWh. The top speed is 130 km/h. Since the weight and air resistance of the van are higher than those of the previously shown small cars Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e, the WLTP range of 230 kilometres is lower.

New, however, is the optional larger battery, which has an energy content of 75 kWh. This should enable a range of up to 330 kilometres according to WLTP. This battery relies on 27 instead of 18 modules since the battery is installed in the underbody of the vehicle, but even the larger battery should not affect the cargo space. Both batteries are liquid-tempered, which should increase the range and service life. Opel guarantees eight years and 160,000 kilometres.

The Vivaro-e is charged via a CCS connection above the front wheel on the driver's side. Opel states that "on a 100 kW rapid charging station" the 50 kWh battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes - the large 75 kWh battery takes 45 minutes to charge. This suggests a DC charging capacity of 100 kW, in fact over this range (as with the Corsa-e) it is 80 kW. The Vivaro-e will be delivered ex-works with a single-phase 7.4 kW onboard AC charger, with an optional 11 kW onboard charger for three-phase electricity to be offered.

As with the well-known e-cars, the digital service OpelConnect is available. The app can be used to find charging points or to control the charging process from outside. In addition, the customer can program the interior temperature before starting the journey and the charging times. OpelConnect also offers an automatic emergency call and a direct line to the breakdown service.

In addition to the drive, the characteristics as a transporter are also important. The Vivaro-e is available in three vehicle lengths (4.60 metres, 4.95 metres and 5.30 metres) and various body styles. The variants include the transporter, a double cab, and the station wagon for transporting people - or as a platform for bodies. Depending on the model, the cargo space of the transporter can hold between 4.6 and 6.6 cubic metres.

The maximum payload is up to 1,275 kilograms, slightly less than the diesel version - after all, the large battery weighs up to 500 kilograms. Because of the low centre of gravity, however, the battery is intended to improve the driving characteristics of the Vivaro-e. According to Opel, the Vivaro-e is the only Stromer in its segment that can be ordered ex-works with a trailer hitch and can pull trailer loads of up to 1,000 kilograms. Opel is not yet quoting prices, but these will probably not be communicated until the start of ordering.

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