Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro e-Concept makes its debut

Article by Christian A., on September 21, 2010

Opel revealed the Vivaro e-Concept, its first electric van capable to deliver an impressive extended range of up to 400 kilometers or 248 miles. The new electric van is powered by a 111 kW electric motor or 149 hp capable to deliver 370 Nm and to transform the Vivaro e-Concept into an all-electric car for almost 100 kilometers or 62 miles.

Thanks to Opel’s extended range propulsion concept, the car is extending the total driving range to more than 400 kilometers.

With this car, Opel wants to prove that operators do not have to make great concessions to practicality when they choose intelligent propulsion. The Vivaro e-Concept offers 5.0 cubic meter storage capacity able to carry 750 kilograms of load, which means it is the perfect car for urban delivery drivers.

The lithium ion batteries of the Opel Vivaro e-Concept are well housed under its floor, allowing its modules to be ideally protected from the weather. Moreover, placing the battery modules under the floor helps give the Vivaro e-Concept a low center of gravity, providing the vehicle with an outstanding handling profile.

When these batteries are drained, they can be recharged using a standard household 230-volt outlet. Chris Lacey, Executive Director, International Operations Opel/Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles, remarked that they are testing how their advanced propulsion technology would be accepted by showcasing the Vivaro e-Concept at the show.

He added that they expected to get a "fantastic reaction" from the customers who drive such vehicles everyday.

Lacey noted that electric mobility will allow these people to travel in city areas that have been declared off-limits to petrol and diesel vehicles. He added that the range-extender technology has rendered it possible to drive an electric van even during a normal routine business.

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Vivaro e-Concept Study Adds New Impulses

Opel is sending new impulses to electric mobility: At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover (September 23 to 30, 2010) the brand debuts a research project on a Vivaro e-Concept, an electric van with up to 400 kilometers extended range. With this concept, Opel imagines that environmentally friendly e-mobility could also be intriguing for commercial vehicle operators.

“We would like to test the acceptance of our advanced propulsion technology by showing the Vivaro e-Concept to the commercial vehicle specialists attending the show,” says Chris Lacey, Executive Director, International Operations Opel/Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. “We are convinced that we will get a fantastic reaction from the people who use such vehicles on a daily basis: Electric mobility will allow them to travel in city areas which are now off-limits to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and the range-extender technology makes it possible to use an electric van for normal routine business.”

The Vivaro e-Concept aims to prove that operators do not have to make great concessions to practicality when they choose intelligent propulsion. The e-Concept is conceived to have 5.0 cubic meter storage capacity able to carry 750 kilograms of load, making it an excellent value for urban delivery drivers.

The e-Concept is envisioned to be capable of meeting the typical daily needs of inner city delivery transport fully electrically and therefore completely emission-free. The vehicle would be extremely quiet and clean – with respect to the environment and reduced traffic zones in the inner city.

The 111 kW electric motor in the Vivaro e-Concept propulsion system delivers 370Nm of torque and would offer 100 kilometers pure electric driving range. On longer, regional hauls or shuttle services, range-extender switches on, extending the total driving range to more than 400 kilometers. Thanks to Opel’s extended range propulsion concept, engineers foresee the Vivaro e-Concept as capable of driving permanently with engine and electric motor propulsion, enabling drivers to reach distant destinations with the confidence and peace of mind that a depleted battery will not strand them.

Intelligently stowed energy

Opel engineers have mounted the batteries, which can be re-charged on a standard household 230-volt outlet under the floor of the Vivaro e-Concept. There, the lithium ion battery modules are protected from the weather. At the same time the modules provide a low center of gravity for good handling characteristics, protecting especially from crosswind influence.

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