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New all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life unveiled

Vauxhall has launched an all-electric version of its nine-seat Vivaro Life van-based people carrier, with a maximum claimed range of 143 miles

Vauxhall has launched a new, all-electric version of its nine-seat people carrier. It’s called the Vivaro-e Life and it will follow the Vivaro-e panel van into the showrooms this summer, with first deliveries expected to arrive towards the end of the year.

Like the panel van, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life is powered by a 50kWh battery pack and a front-mounted electric motor, which has an output of 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. Top speed is electronically limited to 80mph, while the van’s maximum range is 143 miles.

As standard, the Vivaro-e Life features a 7.4kW on-board charger, which can fully replenish the van’s 50kWh battery pack in just under eight hours. However, the system also offers support for 100kW DC fast-charging, which can top the battery up to 80 per cent capacity in around 30 minutes.

The battery pack is mounted under the vehicle’s floor, so there’s no impact on practicality between the diesel-powered and all-electric variants. Boot space remains the same, with a maximum capacity of around 4,500 litres, while the Vivaro-e Life can tow loads up to a tonne - a first for the segment, says Vauxhall. 

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Buyers have their choice of two body lengths and seating for either five, six, seven or eight passengers. The two rear benches are mounted on sliding rails, allowing the driver to choose between legroom or luggage space; with all the seats folded down, there’s space to transport objects up to 3.5 metres in length.

Depending on the trim-level, buyers have access to air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, a 180-degree parking camera and seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The flagship Lounge model also gets a ten-speaker stereo system, leather upholstery and a massage function for the front seats.

There’s also an extensive range of driver assistance technology, including lane-keeping assist, a drowsiness alert, semi-adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, a head-up display and a front-facing camera, which can recognise pedestrians straying into the road and apply the brakes at speeds up to 19mph.

What do you make of the new Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life? Let us know in the comments section below…

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