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Nine-seater shares powertrain and battery with Vivaro-e cargo van and promises 143 miles of range
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18 June 2020

Vauxhall has continued the electrification of its range with the Vivaro-e Life, a range-topping electric variant of the Vivaro Life passenger van.

The new model sits above the diesel-powered Vivaro Edition and Vivaro Elite and can carry up to nine passengers. The battery-electric Vivaro-e Life also has a new 'Charge My Car' feature via an app that directs customers to nearby charging points and enables payments.

Interior technology and safety systems are otherwise unchanged from the Vivaro Elite, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, rear-view camera and a colour heads-up display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are both supported on the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.

The Vivaro-e Life retains the 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery pack of the Vivaro-e cargo van, which was introduced earlier this year, and the recently launched Corsa-e supermini. Here, it produces 192lb ft of torque and can deliver 143 miles of range on the WLTP test cycle. Top speed is electronically limited to 80mph.

The van features a single-phase 7.4kWh charger as standard, with three-phase 11kW charging available as an option for home use. It also supports 100kW rapid charging, allowing the 50kWh pack to be replenished from empty to 80% in half an hour.

The model will be launched in two body lengths and a choice of five, six, seven or eight passenger seat configurations. The battery packs are placed under the van’s floor, so luggage capacity remains the same as the diesel-powered Vivaro Life at around 4500 litres in its largest configuration.

The Vivaro-e Life is available with an optional bespoke trailer hitch, which, Vauxhall claims, allows it to tow trailers up to a maximum of 1000kg - a first for its class. Most versions of the van are also less than 1.9m tall, so it will be able to access most underground garages - an important consideration for hotel shuttles, according to Vauxhall.

The new variant is the latest part of Vauxhall’s plan to offer an electrified version of every one of its cars and commercial vehicles by 2024.

There’s no word yet on how much the Vivaro-e Life will cost, but expect it to command a premium over the existing Elite trim, which begins at £44,080.

Order books are said to open later this summer, with first deliveries due this year.

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18 June 2020
Need to see an image that includes a roof rack, so I can imagine how my ladders would look!
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18 June 2020

It only does 80 mph, and I have never seen a van on the motorway with ladders on the roof, with some old underpants tied to the end of them going so slowly.

It has a maximum range of 143 miles, which it won't really have when it's full of equipment and materials and depending on the weather, so you will only be doing local business.

Except you won't be doing any business, because it is expected to cost more than £44K. For a van! So you would have to put your prices up by so much to cover that cost that no one will want to employ you! 

£44K is far more than double the deal that you can get on a 2.0 diesel Vivaro in a great spec with sat nav, a/c, parking sensors etc. etc. 

18 June 2020
LucyP wrote:

It only does 80 mph, and I have never seen a van on the motorway with ladders on the roof, with some old underpants tied to the end of them going so slowly.

It has a maximum range of 143 miles, which it won't really have when it's full of equipment and materials and depending on the weather, so you will only be doing local business.

Except you won't be doing any business, because it is expected to cost more than £44K. For a van! So you would have to put your prices up by so much to cover that cost that no one will want to employ you! 

£44K is far more than double the deal that you can get on a 2.0 diesel Vivaro in a great spec with sat nav, a/c, parking sensors etc. etc. 

 

i do t think you read the article fully, this is for the 'Life' model, which is the minibus/MPV, not the Van version, so can't be directly compared against a £20k Van. I'd guess these might be popular with AddisonLee type taxi services within the congestion charge areas. 

18 June 2020

Read the article, it's a passenger van i.e a minibus.   There's also pictures with seats in, couldn't be clearer. There'll be no ladders on it and it won't be full of equipment regardless of the weather.

18 June 2020
At last, someone with a sense of humour!
Great Post.
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