Opel has given details of the all-electric version of the Zafira Life, the van which is scheduled to go on sale in early 2021. It shares technology with other PSA transporters that have all been recently electrified.
The Opel Zafira E-Life’s drive corresponds to that of its sister models, the Peugeot e-Traveller and Citroën ë-Spacetourer: the electric motor has an output of 100 kW, and there are two battery versions with 50 or 75 kWh to choose from. Opel will offer the Zafira-e Life in three length variants (Small, Medium and Large). This means that only the e-Traveller is offered in two lengths, and Citroën also offers all three lengths for the passenger car version of the electric vans. Among its commercial vehicle counterparts Peugeot e-Expert, Citroën ë-Jumpy and Opel Vivaro-e, Peugeot also offers the shortest version with 4.60 metres.
The Zafira-e Life also takes over the familiar charging options: A single-phase 7.4 kW charger is installed ex-works, a three-phase 11 kW charger is available as an option. With direct current, the small battery is filled to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, the large battery in 45 minutes, which corresponds to an average charging capacity of 80 kW.
As an option, Opel will offer a trailer coupling with which the battery-electric van can pull trailer loads of up to 1,000 kilograms. There is sufficient storage space in the vehicle itself, while the Large version with a length of 5.30 metres offers up to 4,500 litres of loading volume. But if you have occupied all the seats, you will probably have to take the trailer after all.
Overall, however, Opel says it attaches great importance to comfort in the Zafira-e Life, while the Vivaro-e is available for real van use. The Zafira-e Life, which apart from its name has nothing in common with previous Zafira generations, is positioned as a shuttle and motorhome. The leather seats can be variably moved in aluminium rails, and configurations with five, six, seven or eight seats are available.
The long-wheelbase versions (i.e. the Medium and Large lengths) are also available with lounge equipment, featuring electrically heated front seats with massage function, as well as four particularly comfortable leather armchairs in the rear.
For the driver, the Zafira-e Life offers several driver assistance systems to increase comfort and safety. The vehicle is equipped with a front camera and distance radar, which enables various functions from pedestrian emergency brake assistant to adaptive cruise control. There is also a colour head-up display – unique in its class, according to Opel.
The Zafira-e Life is scheduled to be available for order from the summer and will reach customers in early 2021. Opel has not yet mentioned prices in the announcement since these will probably not be published until the start of ordering.
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