BEV Joins Vauxhall/Opel’s Large LCV Line-Up

Vauxhall/Opel has released the first technical details of its new Movano large LCV its first BEV powertrain plus diesel options.

Clearly aimed at the last-mile urban fleets, the Movano-e features a 119bhp and 191ft-lbs of torque electric motor and is available with a choice of either a 37kWh or 70kWh battery packs, claiming ranges of 72 miles and 139 miles respectively under WLTP testing. The zero emissions powertrain allows businesses to save significantly on company van tax, with a 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate in the UK.

The van’s lithium-ion battery is mounted under the floor between the front and rear axle, resulting in no compromise in load volume compared to the diesel-engined model. A regenerative braking system, that recovers energy when slowing, further increases the Movano-e’s efficiency.

For users needing long range deliveries, the model comes with diesel options in the shape of a 2.2-liter unit meeting the latest Euro 6d emissions regulations. It is available with a range of power outputs, from 117bhp to 161bhp and with torque figures of between 221ft-lbs and 272ft-lbs. All versions of the engines feature a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

The Movano also also one of the widest range of Gross Vehicle Weights in the large LCV class, from 2,800kg to 4,000kg,  and a maximum payload of 2,100kg. The standard panel van has a single row of three seats, while crew cab versions benefit from second row seating that can accommodate a further four passengers. It is also available as a chassis cab, a chassis crew cab and a platform cab with a single row of three seats. Developed to meet the widest range of needs, these versatile models provide a perfect base for a wide range of conversions, including tippers and dropside loaders.

Paul Wilcox, managing director, Vauxhall, said: “Crucially, with the introduction of All-New Movano-e, Vauxhall is now one of very few brands offering an electric variant across its entire LCV range, giving buyers the choice to go fully electric to suit the needs of their business and benefit from the environmental, ownership cost and user experience benefits they offer. As a brand, Vauxhall is committed to offer an electrified variant across its entire car and van range by 2024.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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