Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt, Opel has introduced the Vivaro eConcept, a range-extended electric vehicle aimed at the commercial market. Obviously, the Vivora eConcept and the Volt share little in common on the outside, but the means of motivation are most certainly cousins. The Vivaro is powered by a 111 kW motor that outputs 273 pound-feet of torque and, with some oomph provided by the lithium-ion battery pack, propels the van up to 62 miles on a full charge. Then the range extender steps in to boost total range to nearly 250 miles.
Opel will debut the Vivaro eConcept at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover and the company hopes to obtain some input from commercial vehicle operators attending the event. Executive director of international operations Opel/Vauxhall commercial vehicles, Chris Lacey, explains the purpose of the Vivaro eConcept project this way:
If you think of the Vivaro eConcept as an ultra-efficient version of the Sprinter, then you sort of get the gist of Opel's range-extended van. The Vivaro provides a clean method to transport goods in congested urban centers, areas which are typically riddled with smog from tens or hundreds of thousands of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. Hit the jump for some video footage of the Opel Vivaro eConcept.We are convinced that we will get a fantastic reaction from the people who use such vehicles on a daily basis: Electric mobility will allow them to travel in city areas which are now off-limits to petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and the range-extender technology makes it possible to use an electric van for normal routine business.