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Vauxhall Combo-e electric van to bring 171-mile range

Vauxhall has revealed its Combo-e electric van, which arrives this autumn with a range up to 171 miles.

The Combo-e arrives this autumn with a range up to 171 miles

It joins the larger Vivaro-e electric van while an electric variant of the Movano – the Movano-e – will also arrive later this year, meaning Vauxhall will be able to offer a fully electric variant across its entire van range by the end of the year.

The sister model to the Citroën e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner, the Combo-e will be offered in two lengths: L1H1 or L2H1. Both benefit from the battery being positioned under the floor between the front and rear axle, bringing no impact on load volume compared to petrol and diesel Combo vans.

The L1H1 variant measures 4.40m long with a 2,785mm wheelbase and has a maximum load length of 3,090mm. It provides load volume of 3.8m3.

L2H1 variants measure 4.75m long with a wheelbase of 2,975mm. Inside, load volume is extended to 4.4m3 with the L2H1 able to accommodate objects up to 3,440mm in length. L2H1 variants are also capable of carrying two Euro pallets in a row.

Crew variants of the Combo-e L2H1 can seat up to four passengers as well as the driver, with cargo and equipment safely stowed behind the bulkhead. A flap in the mesh bulkhead allows longer items to be transported.

Maximum payload stands at up to 800kg while the Combo-e is also rated to tow up to 750kg.

The Combo-e features a 136hp electric motor, producing 260Nm of torque and able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds, with a controlled maximum speed of 80mph.

The 50kW battery supports up to 100kW rapid charging with an 80% charge completed in 30 minutes. The Combo-e comes standard with an 7kW single-phase on-board charger, with an 11kW three-phase also available.

To maximise range, the Combo-e also features regenerative braking technology, with ‘B’ mode increasing the regenerative braking for maximum energy recovery. Drivers can also use the MyVauxhall app to find charging stations near them.

Equipment includes the option of a large eight-inch touchscreen with Multimedia Navi Pro and Multimedia Radio. All Combo-e variants also come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. VauxhallConnect is also available and gives drivers access to features such as current charge status and live navigation services.

Safety features include driver drowsiness alert, traffic sign recognition and recommendation, forward collision alert with pedestrian protection and automatic emergency braking. Also available is Surround Rear Vision – a 180-degree rear camera that helps drivers when reversing and protects cyclists and other vulnerable road users when turning left by alerting the driver.

The Combo-e also features an Overload Indicator that alerts drivers when the vehicle load is near the maximum payload capacity and warns them when exceeded. A Flank Guard uses sensors to avoid costly dents and scratches when manoeuvring.

The new Combo-e will arrive in showrooms this autumn.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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