Vauxhall launches long range van

Vauxhall will start supplying an all-electric version of its Vivaro van, later this year. And the vehicle promises to appeal to plenty of users, being able to travel over 180 miles on a charge, with the capability to tow a trailer, too. 

The Vivaro-e will look just like its diesel powered brothers – with the big difference that it will be greener, and have substantially lower running costs. The van will have a 1,226kg payload, offered in two lengths and two body styles. With batteries located below the vehicle floor, the load volume is the same as conventionally powered models.

There will be two battery capacities of 50kWh and 75kWh, giving respective ranges of 125 and 188 miles. For those needing to charge on the go, the vehicle will be able to recharge to 80% full in 30-45 minutes on a public charger.  

The van is one of the first to be offered with a substantial size battery, making a broader range of duties practical on a daily basis, for longer distance drivers. To date, many electric vans have been available only with smaller ranges, suitable for local deliveries but not suitable for those doing higher mileages. 

Each van will come with an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty on the batteries used. Vauxhall will start taking orders in June, when the pricing will be revealed, for autumn 2020 deliveries.