Vauxhall sister brand Opel announces first commercially-available hydrogen van

The first hydrogen transporter from a vehicle manufacturer is ready to go.

The first Vivaro-e Hydrogen off the production line, from Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel, will begin its zero-emissions-in-use work in the fleet of Miele, the manufacturer of premium domestic appliances.

The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will perform daily field service in the Rhine-Main region of Germany, Opel and Miele’s domestic market.

Key points:

  • First customer: Miele will operate first zero-emissions-in-use hydrogen-electric van
  • Pioneer: Stellantis first to put hydrogen LCVs onto the road
  • For fleet use: Vivaro-e Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle
  • Time-saving: 3-minute refuelling for a 249 mile range (WLTP)
  • No compromises: Up to 6.1 m3 of cargo volume and 1,000kg payload
  • Vauxhall is speaking to UK corporate fleets now ahead of UK launch in early 2023
  • Vauxhall is the UK’s leading e-LCV brand and already offers a fully electric version of every LCV in its model line-up.

Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Opel CEO, and Marcus Lott, Head of Development, were present at the start of production in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Hochgeschurtz commented: “With the new Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen we are opening the next chapter in our sustainable mobility offensive. The clever concept combines the advantages of hydrogen fuel cell propulsion with the versatility and capabilities of our best-selling light commercial vehicle.” 

Marcus Lott, Head of Development, added: “The new Vivaro-e Hydrogen perfectly meets the requirements of fleet customers. The hydrogen van is the ideal solution for driving long distances with zero-emissions-in-use as well as for transporting larger loads without losing time while charging the batteries. The Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen leads zero-emissions mobility into the future, especially for commercial use.”

Vauxhall is actively speaking to business customers in the UK now about Vivaro-e Hydrogen and expects right-hand drive vehicles to arrive from early 2023.

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen is based on the existing battery electric Opel Vivaro-e, the 2021 ‘International Van of the Year’. With full tanks of hydrogen, the driving range is more than 249 miles (WLTP). The 45kW fuel cell is capable of generating enough power for continuous highway driving. It takes only three minutes to refuel with hydrogen – about the same time needed to fill up a conventional diesel or petrol vehicle.

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen is based on the existing battery electric Vivaro-e

The 10.5kWh lithium-ion battery provides dynamic peak power when required, for example, at start-up and under acceleration. Since the battery covers power needs in such situations, the fuel cell can run at optimum operating conditions. The battery also enables regenerative braking, while the plug-in capability offers the opportunity to recharge the battery externally if necessary, e.g. at a charging station, providing 31 miles of pure battery electric range.

Thanks to smart packaging, the Vivaro-e Hydrogen demands no compromises on space compared to the combustion engine versions, offering up to 5.3m3 or 6.1 m3 of cargo volume. The fuel cell electric LCV is available in lengths M and L (4.95m and 5.30m) with up to 1,000kg of payload.

Like its battery-electric sibling and those with internal combustion engines, the Vivaro-e Hydrogen offers an unusually wide range of driver assistance systems that enhance safety. The equipment includes a 180-degree panorama rear view camera, blind-spot alert and front/rear park pilot.

The new Vivaro-e Hydrogen benefits from more than 20 years of experience in the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at Opel and Stellantis. Production takes place at Opel Special Vehicles (OSV) in Rüsselsheim. With the new Vivaro-e Hydrogen, Opel is continuing its electrification offensive. Customers have the choice of selecting the drive concept in the Opel LCV portfolio that suits their application. The Vivaro-e Hydrogen complements the Combo-e, Vivaro-e and Movano-e battery-electric vans that are already available to order.

Vauxhall Motors started making vehicles in the UK in 1903. Today, as the oldest and most familiar of Britain’s automotive manufacturers, its philosophy is to build vehicles that are relevant to all. Vauxhall’s two manufacturing plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton produced 120,000 cars and vans in 2019, and its sales accounted for 7.5 per cent of the UK market.

Vauxhall is part of Stellantis NV, a global leader created for the new era of sustainable mobility as a result of the merger between Groupe PSA and FCA Group in January 2021. Vauxhall is a leader in electrification – as of 2021 it is one of the first manufacturers to offer fully electric versions of all its vans. By 2024, all Vauxhall cars and vans will be available with an electrified version.

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