Vauxhall are continuing their move to zero carbon emissions with the introduction of the Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo.
This fully electric small van follows the Vivaro-e as Vauxhall expand on their electric range.
As with all electric vehicles, the Vauxhall Combo-e is exempt from any charges in ULEZ or low-emissions zones.
Both L1H1 and L2H1 variants will be available, with the longer L2 able to fit 2 Euro pallets into the load area. The L2 is also available as a double cab, with seating for up to four passengers as well as the driver, at the expense of some of the load area.
A 100kW electric motor provides 136hp, which is more powerful than the current diesel variants. It produces 260Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 11.2 seconds. Maximum speed is capped at 80mph, ensuring the Combo-e is capable on both city streets and motorways.
The 50kWh battery provides a WLTP tested 171 mile range from a single charge and supports up to 100kW rapid charging. The Combo-e can charge from empty to 80% in 30 minutes.
Positioning the heavy battery low between the front and rear axle allows the van to maintain an 800kg load capacity. The battery’s location in the vehicle also gives it a low centre of gravity which helps cornering and stability.
The Vauxhall Combo-e features regenerative braking technology, which recharges the battery as you slow down. This energy recovery method increases efficiency, getting the maximum range from the battery.
Vauxhall have fitted the Combo-e Cargo with all the advanced features you would see in a standard Combo Cargo, including touchscreen, parking and collision sensors, autonomous emergency braking, and more. All Combo-e variants come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are two additional features that we think are especially useful. MyVauxhall is an app that helps locate nearby charging stations, while VauxhallConnect provides vehicle status, such as current charge status. Remote features of VauxhallConnect include preconditioning the cabin temperature before you get in.
We are expecting the Combo-e to be available for business lease in Autumn of this year, though we have been told that the yellow in the promotional images won’t be a colour option for customers.
Vauxhall say that a Movano-e will follow shortly to complete their electric van range.