Vauxhall is talking to company fleet and enterprise prospects within the UK, claiming the brand new hydrogen gasoline cell electrical car (FCEV) “completely meets the necessities of fleet prospects”.
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen affords as much as 249 miles of vary with the identical load capability as equal internal-combustion and battery-electric fashions.
“The hydrogen van is the perfect resolution for driving lengthy distances with zero-emissions in use in addition to for transporting bigger hundreds with out dropping time whereas charging the batteries,” mentioned Marcus Lott, the head of improvement at Vauxhall’s European sibling model, Opel.
“The Vivaro-e Hydrogen leads zero-emissions mobility into the long run, particularly for business use.”
The brand new addition to Vauxhall’s business line-up might be bought in left-hand-drive markets by Opel from the top of this 12 months.
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen mates a 45kW gasoline cell with three 700bar hydrogen tanks (which could be stuffed in simply three minutes) and makes use of the identical front-mounted 134bhp electrical motor because the Vivaro-e BEV.
“We’re set so as to add hydrogen to the line-up as an environment friendly vitality system of the long run,” mentioned Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox. “Vauxhall-Opel has greater than 20 years of expertise in creating hydrogen-fuel expertise, which affords zero-emissions in use, an extended driving vary and ultra-fast refuelling.
“We’re already in touch with UK fleet operators that need to go the additional mile on sustainability, and we stay up for bringing Vivaro-e Hydrogen to the UK quickly.”
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen retains the identical physique measurement as present Vivaro variants, with the selection of a normal 4.95-metre or lengthy 5.30-metre wheelbase, whereas payload capability will increase to 1100kg. Cargo quantity stays the identical, at as much as 6.1 cubic metres.
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen might be produced at Opel’s research-and-development centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
It is going to be the primary commercially out there hydrogen powertrain from Opel and Vauxhall.
Ex-parent firm Basic Motors’ experimental HydroGen 4 system was delivered to the UK for demonstration functions a decade in the past however by no means discovered its approach right into a manufacturing automotive.