Commercial Vehicles

Opel reveals Vivaro-e, the brand’s first commercial BEV


Opel has revealed the brand’s first all-electric commercial vehicle called Vivaro-e, which is of course, the BEV version of the Vivaro cargo van. The Vivaro-e will be available with different battery capacities.

Speaking of which, buyers can choose either 50 kWh or 75 kWh lithium-ion battery packs, which are claimed to offer a range of up to 230 km (143 mi) or 330 km (205 mi), respectively, in the WLTP cycle.

The batteries are packaged underneath the loading space in such a way that they do not compromise usage, Opel said. The batteries power an electric motor that produces 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. The top speed is limited to 130 km/h (81 mph) in order to preserve the range.


The Vivaro-e also has a neat little toggle for RND selection, which reminds us of some German cars. The P and B appear to be standalone toggle switches. Also, notice the drive mode selector on the right side.


Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation with 3D view, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a Head-Up Display, and safety and driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Drowsiness Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, and Semi-Adaptive Cruise Control.


The Vivaro-e is available in three lengths and offers a payload capacity of up to 1,275 kg (2,811 lbs). The gross vehicle weights range from 2,800 to 3,100 kg (6,173 to 6,834 lbs).

Thanks to the practical FlexCargo load-through on the front passenger side, the 4.6m(4,600 litres) cargo capacity of the S increases to 5.1m(5,100 litres). This enables transportation of objects up to 3.32m in length. The 4.95m and 5.30m M and L versions have maximum cargo capacities of 5.8m3 (5,800 litres) and 6.6m3 (6,600 litres) respectively.


As for charging, the 50 kWh battery pack is claimed to take around 30 minutes to get to 80% SoC using a 100 kW DC charging station, while the 75 kWh battery pack takes around 45 minutes for the same. The batteries are covered by an 8-year/160,000 km warranty. Depending on the market, the Vivaro-e features a 3-phase 11 kW onboard charger or a single-phase 7.4 kW onboard charger as standard.

As the first all-electric light commercial vehicle to enter the Van-D market segment of medium-sized vans, and featuring a range of up to 330 km in the WLTP cycle, the new Opel Vivaro-e sets the standards for ease of use, dependability and professionalism. – Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO

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