The new Vivaro-e Life is the next step in the electrification of the Vauxhall model range and is available in Edition and Elite trim levels. Powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery connected to a 100kW/134 bhp electric motor with 420 lb ft of torque, the Vivaro-e Life accelerates from 0-62mph in 13.1 seconds.
Vauxhall says that with electric sliding rear side doors, movable leather seats and panorama roof, its latest EV combines practicality and flexibility with capability, making it a versatile solution for everyone from local authorities and private hire companies to private buyers who need a sustainable people carrier.
The Edition model can seat up to nine passengers, including the driver, and is priced from £34,645 after the Plug-in Van Grant, while the Elite features luxurious Lounge trim as standard and includes massage function and electric heating for the front seats, with four movable leather chairs behind to allow passengers to sit facing each. Both models are available in the long body design and the Elite is priced from £46,415.
The Vivaro-e Life is based on the same Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) as its diesel derivatives.
Inside, the Vivaro-e Life features a unique instrument cluster with chrome-ringed dials and is available with Multimedia and Multimedia Navi touchscreen infotainment systems – which both feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – can display live energy flow graphics, energy consumption data and even allow customers to programme timed charging through the “MyVauxhall” app.
Customers can access a range of connected services using the “MyVauxhall” App, which provides remote control of charging and cabin temperature pre-conditioning. The new Vivaro-e Life also features an intuitive Electronic Parking Brake and while elements of the powertrain are shared with the all-new Corsa-e, the Vivaro-e Life features an uprated gearbox to withstand the increased loads associated with a large MPV.
The charging socket for the electric powertrain is located on the front left fender and all Vivaro-e Life models come with a six-metre long “Mode 3 cable”, complete with its own storage bag. A single-phase 7.4kW On-Board Charger is fitted as standard, with a three-phase 11kW design also available for faster charging.
The 50kWh lithium-ion battery supports CCS rapid charging at up to 100kW, with an 80 per cent charge taking just 30 minutes, while a single-phase 32A domestic wallbox will fully charge the Vivaro-e Life in 7.5 hours, making this method suitable for overnight top-ups. The battery is also covered by an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty.