Opel and its British sister brand, Vauxhall, have unveiled the electric version of the Vivaro van. The zero-emission light commercial vehicle (LCV) will launch next year and is part of the ‘PACE!’ strategic plan that will see the automaker electrify its entire portfolio by 2024.
Based on the modular EMP2 platform, shared with a number of different Peugeots and Citroens, as well as the Toyota ProAce, the all-new Vivaro-e will launch in 2020 with a choice of two battery sizes. The 50 kWh gives it a range of 125 miles (201 km), whereas the 75 kWh option lets it drive for at least 185 miles (298 km) on a single charge, in the WLTP test cycle.
“For nearly two decades, the Vivaro has proven itself a popular choice for moving goods and passengers alike”, said Vauxhall’s LCV Director, Richard Hughes. “Now, with emissions-free transport and deliveries becoming increasingly important in urban areas, the demand for purely electric light commercial vehicles is increasing accordingly. From small businesses and to large fleets, the all-new Vivaro-e is set to carry British business.”
From 2021, the automaker’s range of light commercial vehicles will expand with the introduction of the electrified Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life. Nonetheless, the electrification strategy adopted under its new ownership will also see the birth of other cars, like the successor of the outgoing Mokka X, which will go after the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric with a zero-emission variant. The next-gen Astra will also receive a battery-electric variant, thus competing with the Volkswagen ID.3.