From September 23 to 30, 2010, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair that takes place in Hanover, Opel presents a new electric van, named Vivaro e-Concept, that has no less than 400 kilometers range.
The Opel Vivaro E-Concept can carry 750 kilograms in a 5 cubic meter storage space, targeting clients from the urban delivery segment. The electric engine of this car has 111 kW and can reach a maximum torque of 370 Nm. The total range that can be reached using only the electric motor is 100 kilometers. The mounted batteries provide another 300 kilometers range, so that you can go in a distant point, having the confidence that you will safely reach the destination without recharging. This is made through the Opel Vivaro e-Concept propulsion capacities. Until now such distances could be reached only with the use of diesel and petrol.
Opel is sending new impulses to electric mobility: At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover (September 23 to 30, 2010) the brand debuts a research project on a Vivaro e-Concept, an electric van with up to 400 kilometers extended range. With this concept, Opel imagines that environmentally friendly e-mobility could also be intriguing for commercial vehicle operators.
"We would like to test the acceptance of our advanced propulsion technology by showing the Vivaro e-Concept to the commercial vehicle specialists attending the show," says Chris
Lacey, Executive Director, International Operations Opel/Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. "We are convinced that we will get a fantastic reaction from the people who use such vehicles on a daily basis: Electric mobility will allow them to travel in city areas which are now off-limits to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and the range-extender technology makes it possible to use an electric van for normal routine business."
The Vivaro e-Concept aims to prove that operators do not have to make great concessions to practicality when they choose intelligent propulsion. The e-Concept is conceived to have 5.0 cubic meter storage capacity able to carry 750 kilograms of load, making it an excellent value for urban delivery drivers.
The e-Concept is envisioned to be capable of meeting the typical daily needs of inner city delivery transport fully electrically and therefore completely emission-free. The vehicle would be extremely quiet and clean - with respect to the environment and reduced traffic zones in the inner city.
The 111 kW electric motor in the Vivaro e-Concept propulsion system delivers 370Nm of torque and would offer 100 kilometers pure electric driving range. On longer, regional hauls or shuttle services, range-extender switches on, extending the total driving range to more than 400 kilometers. Thanks to Opel's extended range propulsion concept, engineers foresee the Vivaro e-Concept as capable of driving permanently with engine and electric motor propulsion, enabling drivers to reach distant destinations with the confidence and peace of mind that a depleted battery will not strand them.
Intelligently stowed energy
Opel engineers have mounted the batteries, which can be re-charged on a standard household 230-volt outlet under the floor of the Vivaro e-Concept. There, the lithium ion battery modules are protected from the weather. At the same time the modules provide a low center of gravity for good handling characteristics, protecting especially from crosswind influence.