Available from £34,645 after the government’s plug-in grant, the new model sits above the diesel-powered Vivaro and can carry up to eight passengers.
As with the diesel version, two trim levels are available: Edition, which starts from £34,645, and Elite, from £46,415. Edition models can seat up to eight passengers, whereas the Elite version has luxurious Lounge trim as standard and adds a massage function and electric heating for the front seats.
Interior technology and safety systems are otherwise unchanged from the top-spec diesel Vivaro, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, a rear-view camera and colour head-up display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are both supported on the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.
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.
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 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 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.
Order books for the Vivaro-e Life are open now, with first deliveries starting from late October.