Opel has started producing fuel cell variant Vivaro-e Hydrogen in Russelsheim plant, Germany.
The first vehicle to be delivered to Miele (the German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances) for performing daily field service in the Rhine-Main region.
With full hydrogen tanks, the driving range of Vivaro-e Hydrogen is more than 400 km. The 45 kW fuel cell can generate enough power for continuous highway driving.
The 10.5 kWh lithium-ion battery provides dynamic peak power during start-up and under acceleration. The battery also enables regenerative braking, while the plug-in capability offers the opportunity to recharge the battery externally when necessary, e.g. at a charging station, providing 50 km of pure battery-electric range. The fuel cell electric LCV is available in lengths M and L (4.95 and 5.30 metres) with up to 1,000 kg of payload.
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen offers driver assistance systems to enhance safety, including a 180-degree panorama rearview camera, blind-spot alert and front/rear park pilot.
Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Opel CEO, said, “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 at Opel, commented, “The hydrogen van is the ideal solution for driving long distances with zero emissions as well as for transporting larger loads without losing time while charging the batteries.”