The Vauxhall Combo Life Electric MPV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Vauxhall Combo Life Electric
Price: £34,035
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 174 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Vauxhall Motors is part of the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Vauxhall electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models:



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Vauxhall Combo Life Electric MPV


Despite the increase in the availability of electric cars, the availability of practical pure electric family MPV’s has been limited. An MPV is a Multi-Purpose-Vehicle, sometimes also referred to as a ‘people carriers’. The Combo Life electric is a good example of a MPV. The pure electric MPV can carry up to 7 individuals, with sufficient room for luggage.

For families, seeking practicality and ‘value for money’ over style, the Combo Life electric is certainly worth consideration. The e-MPV is built on the same platform as the Combo-e commercial van, hence the van like exterior styling for the Combo Life. In fact, the platform used by the Combo-e MPV and commercial panel van is also shared by other automotive brands in the Stellantis Group.

The pure electric Combo Life is available in one EV battery size: 50 kWh. The e-MPV has a claimed emission-free electric range up to 174 miles (WLTP) on a fully charged battery. Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 150 miles. Nevertheless, a decent electric range, in particular, for day-to-day family needs!

Having said that, the electric MPV is also just as useful for motorway trips. The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 100 kW DC, which is good. Charging the electric van at 100 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 30 minutes. Just enough time for a quick meal and rest!

Vauxhall has incorporated, as standard, a single-phase (7.4 kW) onboard AC charger. However, there is an option to upgrade to a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger, at an additional cost. Given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, there is no need to upgrade. However, if you do have access to three-phase EV charging at home or at the workplace, then, certainly worth upgrading to the 11 kW AC onboard charger.

In any case, most electric cars are charged at home, and overnight. In fact, more than 80% of EV charging is done at home. Charging at 7 kW AC single-phase via a dedicated residential EV charger like myenergy zappi, the EV can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes.

At 11 kW AC three-phase EV charging, the electric family car can be fully charged in 5 hours. Though the e-MPV can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle. It will take up to 21 hours and 45 minutes to charge the EV.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Vauxhall offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Combo Life electric delivers a maximum power up to 136 PS and 260 Nm torque. The EV can achieve 0-62 mph in 11.7 seconds. The top speed is 84 mph. The performance is adequate. One is not buying this electric vehicle to race! The Vauxhall electric MPV also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range.

The EV has three driving modes: Power, Normal and Eco. For maximum range and energy efficiency, the ECO mode deactivates all unnecessary energy-consuming features and reduces the top speed, torque and performance. The Power mode is for the highest performance (speed/ torque). Of course, the Power mode impacts negatively the electric range.

The electric MPV is available in two lengths, 5 Seater (4.4 metres) and XL 7 Seater (4.75 metres), and offers luggage volume up to 850 L. The five-seater has ample head room and legroom for all passengers, to include adults in the third row. In any case, the electric MPV offers ample space and practicality.

The family electric MPV has a host of safety features and technology on offer, to include: an 8-inch colour touchscreen, 10-inch colour instrument display, rear parking distance sensors, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, electronic stability programme with traction control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, speed sign recognition, driver drowsiness system and more.

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PROS CONS
Practical electric range Available in only one battery size
100 kW DC charging Exterior styling may not be to everyones liking
Up to 7 seats Exterior colour options not the most exciting

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The Vauxhall Combo Life Electric (credit: Vauxhall)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:MPV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Design 5-seat (from £34,035)
Design XL 7-seat (from £34,635)
Ultimate 5-seat (from £35,895)
Ultimate XL 7-seat (from £36,495)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery sizes: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions (5 Seat/7 Seat)
Height (mm):1841 – 1880
Width (mm):2107
Length (mm):4403 – 4753
Wheelbase (mm):2785 – 2977
Turning Radius (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):597 – 850

Combo Life Electric
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):164 – 174 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):19.8 – 21.1
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:84 mph
0-62 mph:11.7 seconds
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5/7
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,366 – 2,396
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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