New Vauxhall Vivaro e-Concept revealed

Following the likes of the Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Vivaro e-Concept is a large van with a load capacity of five cubic metres and a payload of 750kg.

Under the bonnet, instead of a conventional petrol, or more likely diesel, engine, the Vivaro houses 111kWh lithium ion batteries delivering 370Nm.

Like the forthcoming Vauxhall Ampera car, the Vauxhall Vivaro van does have a range extender which recharges the battery to increase the vehicles’ range from 60 miles of electric driving to 250 miles in total.

Details of the range extender have not been revealed, but it is expected to be a small petrol engine capable of delivering power to the battery when needed.

As with the Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Vivaro e-Concept can be charged using a standard 240V household socket.

The limited range will mean the Vivaro e-Concept will be used for city-based driving when a production version is released. No date has been set by Vauxhall, which unveiled the concept for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.

Chris Lacey, Executive Director, International Operations Opel/Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are convinced that we will get a fantastic reaction from commercial vehicle specialists who use such vehicles on a daily basis.

The van is designed to offer low emissions-based road tax, business in kind tax and beat inner city congestion charges.

Lacey added: "Electric mobility will allow them to travel in city areas which are now off-limits to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and the range-extender technology makes it possible to use an electric van for normal routine business.”