The new Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro-e received a hydrogen unit with a range of 400 km

The new Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro-e received a hydrogen unit with a range of 400 km

May 18, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

The new Vivaro-e commercial van will be able to run on a single electricity for 50 kilometers.

Opel and its sister brand Vauxhall have applied fuel cell technology to their new Vivaro-e. The light commercial vehicle (LCV) will be available in continental European left-hand drive markets at the end of the year. In early 2023, he will appear coming out with a right-hand drive in the UK.

The novelty is available in versions with a standard 4.95 m and a 5.30 m long wheelbase. The car offers the same cargo volume as diesel and battery electric models – up to 6.1 cubic meters and 1100 cubic kg of payload.

700 bar hydrogen tanks have replaced the EV model battery. They fill up in 3 minutes. That will be enough for a run of 400 km.

The 45 kW fuel cell generates “enough energy for continuous driving on the motorway”. It is assisted by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 10.5 kWh, located under the front seats. This increases the peak power during start-up and acceleration and allows the use of regenerative braking. In addition, the battery can be charged at public or private stations. Once the car is fully charged, it will provide a range of up to 50 km on a fully electric power supply.

The brand has 20 years of experience in the field of automotive technology on hydrogen fuel cells. There is hardly another power plant in the world that combines zero emissions, a large power reserve and a refueling time of just three minutes.

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