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.