Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel has announced its hydrogen van – the Vivaro-e Hydrogen – is joining Miele’s fleet in Germany, Opel and Miele’s domestic market.
Vauxhall says it is in talks with fleets in the UK about the Vivaro-e Hydrogen and expects right-hand drive vehicles to arrive from early 2023.
Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Opel CEO, said: “With the new Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen we are opening the next chapter in our sustainable mobility offensive.
“The clever concept combines the advantages of hydrogen fuel cell propulsion with the versatility and capabilities of our best-selling light commercial vehicle.”
Marcus Lott, head of development, added: “The new Vivaro-e Hydrogen perfectly meets the requirements of fleet customers.
“The hydrogen van is the ideal solution for driving long distances with zero-emissions-in-use as well as for transporting larger loads without losing time while charging the batteries.
“The Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen leads zero-emissions mobility into the future, especially for commercial use.”
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen is based on the existing battery electric Vivaro-e.
With full tanks of hydrogen, the driving range is more than 249 miles (WLTP) and it takes three minutes to refuel with hydrogen – about the same time needed to fill up a conventional diesel or petrol vehicle.
The 10.5kWh lithium-ion battery provides dynamic peak power when required, for example, at start-up and under acceleration.
Since the battery covers power needs in such situations, the fuel cell can run at optimum operating conditions, says Opel.
The battery also enables regenerative braking, while the plug-in capability offers the opportunity to recharge the battery externally if necessary, for example at a charging station, providing 31 miles of pure battery electric range.
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen offers up to 5.3m3 or 6.1 m3 of cargo volume and is available in lengths M and L (4.95m and 5.30m) with up to 1,000kg of payload.
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