The Opel Vivaro-elike most electric vans on the market, we have known it until now with a body in the traditional format and with passenger variants (Combi) and a van with a closed body (Cargo), in addition to a double of passengers, the Zafira-e Life. Now Vauxhall expands the range of its electric van with an unprecedented format, the Vivaro-e open body.
Opel’s new commercial vehicle is now presented with a body single cabin and open beda conversion that would not have been possible without the specialist company Schoon Fahrzeug Systeme und Metalltechnik GmbH from Germany, how could it be otherwise.
It is built on the low-cab Opel Vivaro-e with a single row of seats. The van has a wheelbase of 3.27 meters, while the loading platform has dimensions of 2.44 x 1.83 x 0.40 meters (Length x Width x Height). The tailgate and the side walls (height 40 cm) fold down to facilitate the loading and unloading of various tools or materials. This is also facilitated by a relatively low loading height of only 86 centimeters from the ground.
To facilitate the operator’s access to the trunk, the van has an integrated step inside the tailgate. The platform floor is completely flat, without wheel arches, it is made in one piece without welding and is covered with a non-slip surface. For its part, the steel frame benefits from a 10-year anti-perforation guarantee.
Customers requiring purpose-built tool storage have the option of ordering a Toolbox which is attached to the surface of the cargo box, behind the cabin, and has dimensions of 1.80 x 0.63 x 0.53 meters. Logically, it reduces the loading space of the cargo drawer but, in return, it makes it possible to store certain work tools more securely. Together with the 50 kWh battery, this variant of the Vivaro-e offers a payload of up to 960 kilos.
It can be ordered with the 50 kWh battery or with the 75 kWh battery. In the latter case, the Vivaro-e counterpart 328 kilometers of autonomy with a full charge, according to the WLTP cycle. Logically, in real conditions of use, the autonomy will depend on the type of use, the load it carries, etc. The larger capacity battery can be charged to 80% in around 45 minutes using 100kW DC fast charging. The battery is guaranteed for eight years or 160,000 km.
As we can see, the configuration of the propeller is the one we already know from the rest of the Stellantis electric vans. As for the engine, no surprise either: it has an electric motor with 136 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque. It has different driving modes and the top speed is electronically limited to 130 km/h.
In addition to the Opel Vivaro-e, the German brand also offers the Combo-e compact van, the Movano-e large van and the particular Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGENwhich combines battery and fuel cell.