Vauxhall Vivaro-E Review

The Vauxhall Vivaro-E is the upcoming medium sector fully electric van from this PSA Group company and will be available to order from June this year making this the first factory built electric van for the company.

Vauxhall Vivaro-E Specification

When it comes to the specification there are perhaps two big surprises, and pleasant ones at that, the first is the “E” version weighs only 130 kgs more than the diesel equivalent allowing for a very credible 1226kgs of payload within a gross vehicle weight of 3100kgs. The van will be built on the same line as its diesel variant helping in both lead times and overheads.

The second surprise is a first for the electric van sector, as the Vivaro-E can tow upto one tonnes with a braked trailer. ( NB although this is quoted by Vauxhall as a “first” I believe the Maxus Deliver3 has a 1.5 tonne towing capacity.)

As with the diesel, there are two load lengths and one roof height, both vans are 1.9m high and the L1 with the Flex-Cargo system allows for an upto 3.67m load length and the L2 just over 4m. The load capacity of both models remains the same at 5.8 and 6.6 cubic metres with the batteries positioned below the floor line helping with vehicle stability.

Vivaro-E Battery specification

Of course, electric vans are all about the batteries and in this instance the Vivaro-E has a set of enticing figures. There are two battery options , a 50kWh 18 module Lithium-ion offering a WLTP range of 143 miles and a longer range 75kWh 27 module offering 205 miles, again to stringent WLTP standard.

They are cooled via the cab coolant circuit and “topped up” with input via the regenerative braking system and they are guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first. Both batteries are matched to a 100kW ( 136PS) electric motor with torque of 260Nm and the vehicle is limited to 81mph to preserve the range.

Vauxhall Vivaro-E Charging

As standard the Vivaro-E comes with a single phase 7.4kW on board charger or there is the option of a “faster” three phase 11kW unit, obviously charging times are dependent on the power system but Vauxhall quote a public 100kW rapid charger getting the 50kW battery to 80 per cent in 30 mins or 75kW in 45 mins, keeping it simple !

Vivaro-E Driver Assistance

The electric Vivaro has all the driver assistance and safety as the diesel version and can dependent on the model and options chosen include, Head Up Display, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Drowsiness Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Semi-Automatic Cruise Control and Automatic Emergency Brake.

The MyVauxhall App available via Apple and Android shows the state of charge, programme the air conditioning and charging times. Speaking of Apple and Android, the Multi-media system includes a 7-inch display for Apple Carplay and AndroidAuto.

The Vauxhall Vivaro-E will be available to order from June 1st and vehicles will start to hit the showrooms or customer premises in September / October.