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The new Vivaro that will cost you just 5p per mile in fuel

 Published 18th May 2020
New Launches 

Rub your eyes. Yes, you can drive around in a Vauxhall Vivaro panel van for just 5p per mile.

So, what's the catch?

Well, there isn't one actually. Except you'll need a plug to fire it up.

Because it's the new Vauxhall Vivaro-e, the all-electric panel version of the diesel built-in-Britain LCV. Both are built on the same production line.

The Vivaro-e will feature two sizes of lithium-ion battery. If travelling a good distance each day represents your typical business day, then head for the 75kWh unit providing up to 205 miles of range.

However, the smaller 50kWh battery version with a range of up to 143 miles will be suitable for most trade users that work predominantly within a local area. This can be charged up overnight using a 7kWh wallbox. If the battery is fully depleted, the charge time will be some seven hours from empty to full.

Alternatively, a public fast charger 100kW DC station will zap the battery to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 mins, about the time it will take you to make yourself comfortable and have a coffee.

Drivers can check the battery state-of-charge and charging times on a smartphone via the ‘myVauxhall' app.

It's important not to think of the Vivaro-e as some sort of Vivaro Light version, though. It's got muscles, too, says Vauxhall.

Available in two lengths and two heights it has a payload rated up to 1,226kgs (that's just 130kgs below the diesel), with gross vehicle weights up to 3,100kg. There is plenty of torque, as well, the electric motor providing 260Nm torque.

The electric Vivaro features the practical FlexCargo load-through on the front passenger side, which extends cargo length by 1.2m. With this, the L1H1 (4.96m long) and L2H1 (5.30m long) can securely store ladders, conduit or piping up to 3.67 or 4.02m in length.

Flexcargo also increases maximum cargo capacities to 5.8 and 6.6m3 respectively.

And if this wasn't enough for you, the Vivaro-e is the only fully-electric LCV capable of towing a trailer.

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e should be ready for ordering from June, with first deliveries due in the autumn. We don't have lease prices yet for the Vivaro-e but you can click on the link to see the rest of our Vauxhall van lease rental deals.

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