Light vans are not what you might associate with electric vehicles, but thanks to some innovative thinking from the likes of Citroen and Vauxhall, they are something that actually exists, and that businesses are already enjoying the benefits of. Vauxhall has done particularly well in this regard, having just unveiled its Combo-e that is already stirring up a great deal of interest and, dare we say, excitement.
Some of the fantastic benefits that the Combo-e offers include the fact that it has a range of 171 miles when using the WLTP cycle. Add to that the fact that the Combo-e has a 136hp electric motor and a 50kWh battery, and you really do have something rather unique and very special.
The charging time is impressive too, which is exactly what is needed for a workhorse like this; vans need to be ready to go quickly, moving from one place to the next without any issues – any delay can have a knock-on effect in terms of profit. The Combo-e only takes 30 minutes to recharge to 80 percent, so you can be on your way quickly and effortlessly. Although the 7kW single-phase onboard charger is what comes as standard, this can be upgraded to an 11kW three-phase charger if required, giving you even more power even more quickly. The battery itself is located under the floor, which is a nice touch; it means that there is the same load space and capacity in the Combo-e as there would be in a light van with a combustion engine.
Speaking of choices, there will be two van lengths available, either 4.40m or 4.75m. Both of these options come as panel vans if required, but the larger length can also be set up as a crew van. And you don’t have to be concerned that the loads aren’t going to be good enough just because you’re using electricity. The maximum payload is 800kg. The smaller van has a load volume of 3.8m3 (and it can tow 750kg), and the larger van has a load volume of 4.4m3.
Worried about finding a charging station nearby? You don’t have to be. The MyVauxhall app will give you all the information you might need on that front, including where your nearest charging stations are (or you can set your cabin temperature ahead of time if that suits you). Then there’s VauxhallConnect, the onboard computer system that will give you a complete overview of the vehicle, telling you how much charge you have left among plenty of other useful features.
You’re going to have to wait a little while for this option to be available from showrooms since it won’t be released for purchase until the autumn time, and with no prices yet known, it’s a little vague right now. However, if you’re looking for a reliable electric van with plenty of ways to benefit your business, the Combo-e from Vauxhall (already a name you can trust), might be something you’ll want to consider.
For more information, get in touch with us here at Drive Vauxhall today.