The All-Electric Vauxhall Vivaro Electric Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Vauxhall Vivaro Electric
Price: £39,693
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 50 kWh/ 75 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 143 - 205 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. Apart from electric cars, Vauxhall also manufacturers and sells electric vans. These include:



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Vauxhall Vivaro Electric Panel Van


The Vivaro Electric panel van is available in two EV battery sizes: 50 kWh/ 75 kWh. The entry-level 50 kWh variant has a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 143 miles (WLTP), while the 75 kWh variant has a claimed EV range up to 205 miles. Both EV battery options offer a useful and practical pure electric range, however, where possible, we encourage choosing the larger EV battery (75 kWh) option. Potentially, more flexibility over the longer-term.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, speed, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 125 miles for the 50 kWh and up to 175 miles for the 75 kWh variant. The electric vehicle (EV) has an efficiency between 25.8 – 28.4 kWh/100 km.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 100 kW. Neither the fastest, nor the slowest. However, it would have been preferred to have an option to upgrade to a higher DC charging capability for the larger EV battery (75 kWh) option.

In any case, at 100 kW DC, the 50 kWh Vivaro-e pure electric van can can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. The 75 kWh will take up to 45 minutes. In general, we at e-zoomed recommend never letting the EV battery charge fall below 10%. So best to plan the journey, such that there is always a sufficient minimum charge in the battery.

For those new to electric driving, you will note that manufacturers display DC charging times up to 80% charge. The reason for this is because the remaining 20% charge takes much longer, as part of the battery management system to protect the EV battery.

Vauxhall offers single-phase AC (7.4 kW) onboard charging compatibility as standard, with three-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charging capability at an extra cost. As most commercial premises in the UK have three-phase power supply, we recommend choosing the 11 kW AC onboard charging option. At 11 kW AC, the 50 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 5 hours, while the 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 7 hours.

For single-phase (7.4 kW) charging the 50 kWh EV battery will take up to 7 hours and 30 minutes, while the 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 11 hours and 20 minutes. Though the e-van 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 50 kWh EV battery. The 75 kWh EV battery will take longer: 32 hours and 40 minutes.

We at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle (EV). 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 for the EV battery. Most EV manufacturers offer a similar warranty.

The e-van is available in two lengths: L1 (4959 mm) and L2 (5309 mm) and only one height (1905 mm). The electric van offers up to 6.1 m3 cargo volume, with a payload up to 1,226 kg. The EV offers 3 seats. The manufacturer also offers a host of driving aids and technology, to include: electronic stability programme with traction control, hill start assist, LED daytime running lights, panoramic rear-view camera, 7-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto™ and more!

In terms of performance, the Vivaro Electric panel van delivers a maximum 260 Nm torque. The top speed is 81 mph. The EV can achieve 0-62 mph in 14.3 seconds. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range.

The electric van has three driving modes: Power (136PS), Normal (107PS) and Eco (80PS). For maximum vehicle efficiency and electric range, the Eco mode is best. The ECO mode deactivates all unnecessary energy-consuming
features and reduces the top speed, torque and overall performance.

The Vivaro-e is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Practical electric range Three-phase (11 KW) AC onboard charger not standard
Available in two EV battery sizes Available in only one height
Available in two lengths DC charging limited to 100 kW

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The All-Electric Vivaro-e Panel Van (credit: Vauxhall)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (Multiple – Starting From)
L1 Prime Panel Van – 50 kWh battery (from £39,693)
L1 Prime Panel Van – 75 kWh battery (from £43,973)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 50 kWh/ 75 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 – 45 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins – 11 hrs 20 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 (L1/L2)
Height (mm):1905
Width (mm):2204
Length (mm):4959 – 5309
Wheelbase (mm):3275
Turning Radius (m):N/A
Cargo Volume (m3):5.3 – 6.1
Payload (kg):1,000 – 1,226

Vivaro-e 50 kWh battery
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):143 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):25.8 – 26.0
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:13.1 seconds
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):1,000
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,100
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Vivaro-e 75 kWh battery
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):205 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):26.8 – 28.4
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 7.4 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs 20 mins)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:14.3 seconds
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):1,000
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3, 025 – 3,055
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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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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