3 December 2019

Opel’s Vivaro goes electric

Opel continues its electrification offensive with the Vivaro van to also be offered in a pure battery electric version as of 2020, writes Trish Whelan.

The Vivaro-e extends Opel’s range of particularly efficient light commercial vehicles.

Customers can then choose between two sizes of battery, depending on their needs: a 50kWh battery for a range of up to 200kms or a 75kWh battery for up to 300km (according to WLTP).

With emission-free deliveries becoming increasingly important in urban areas, the demand for purely electric light commercial vehicles will increase accordingly. 

The Vivaro-e is based on the group’s variable MP2 platform which enables the use of conventional as well as electrified powertrains.

The Opel Vivaro No. 3 is available in three lengths instead of two (4.60 metres, 4.95m and 5.30m); has a 200kg higher payload of up to 1,400kgs and can pull half a ton more (trailer load up to 2,500kg). Most versions of the new Vivaro are also only 1.90m high and can therefore access underground parking. 

Numerous top technologies and assistance systems, from IntelliGrip adaptive traction control and 18-degree panorama rear view camera to multimedia infotainment are available as options. Features such as sensor-controlled sliding doors and the FlexCargo load-through make an operator’s working day easier. 

The next electric LCV, the Opel Combo-e, will arrive in 2021.

Electrified versions of the Opel Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life will arrive in 2021.

All Opel models will be electrified by 2024 when customers can choose an electric variant of each model.