Vauxhall has announced the Vivaro-e Hydrogen, an electric van with a range of 249 miles and a refuelling time of around three minutes.
Based on the Vivaro-e electric van, the hydrogen model will have a fuel cell in the engine bay, with three 700-bar gas tanks replacing the battery packs of the standard electric van beneath the load floor.
The 45kW fuel cell will work with a smaller 10.5kWh battery, located under the front seats, providing peak power when required. This battery will be powered by regenerative braking and can be plugged in, to provide up to 31 miles of pure EV travel. The fuel cell and battery will not have any impact on the load area of the vans. Available in both the standard and long wheelbase bodies, the vans will retain their 5.3m3 and 6.1m3 load volumes respectively.
The vans will be available in left-hand drive by the end of this year. Right-hand drive models are expected early in 2023.
“Vauxhall is already leading the way with an all-electric van range and now we are set to add hydrogen to the line-up as an efficient energy system of the future,” said managing director Paul Willcox.
“We are already in contact with UK fleet operators that want to go the extra mile on sustainability and we look forward to bringing the Vivaro-e Hydrogen to the UK soon.”