Opel-Vauxhall has presented the new Combo-e Cargo. From size and capability, the all-electric high-roof van fits in between the Vivaro-e electric van and the big Movano-e that the brand will unveil later this year.
The Combo-e Cargo offers a load volume of up to 3.8 or 4.4 cubic metres (Combo-e XL) and can shoulder a payload of 800 kilograms. There is also a towing capacity of up to 750 kilos. The Combo-e Cargo is 4.40 metres long and has a wheelbase of 2.875 metres, while Vauxhall offers two lengths, L1H1 or L2H1. Drivers may transport objects up to 3.09 metres long.
The Combo-e Cargo XL has a length of 4.75 meters, and the wheelbase has been stretched by ten centimetres compared with the shorter model. Items up to 3.44 meters long can be transported in the 4.4 cubic meter cargo space, as mentioned. According to Opel, the XL version will also be able to load two euro pallets, while the standard version can only carry one.
Optionally, the Combo-e XL is also offered with a double cab. In that case, up to five additional people can ride along with the driver, but the cargo compartment will be correspondingly smaller. To transport extra-long items, there is also a door in the partition.
Vauxhall notes that the new Combo-e is ideal for both business and private users looking for a zero-emissions van in the UK. Opel’s British arm also points out that the Combo-e shares the same capabilities as its 2019 International Van of the Year winning Combo petrol and diesel variants.
In the UK, Vauxhall said of the images above that, the yellow Combo-e depicted in the press images is not available for UK customer orders and is used for promotional purposes only.
The Combo-e Cargo is equipped with the familiar 100 kW electric drive and a 50 kWh battery, which enables a WLTP range of up to 275 kilometres. Vauxhall cites a range of up to 171 miles (WLTP).
The small commercial vehicle also matches the familiar e-CMP models when it comes to charging: At a DC charging station with 100 kW or more, the battery is 80 per cent charged in 30 minutes; in Germany, the Combo-e Cargo is delivered from the factory with a three-phase 11-kW AC charger. The charging time is then five hours.
The larger Vivaro-e relies on the same electric motor from Vitesco Technologies, in the larger and heavier vehicle, however, the range with the 50-kWh battery is only 230 kilometres according to WLTP. The optional 75-kWh battery of the Vivaro-e (and its sister models Peugeot e-Expert and Citroën ë-Jumpy) for 330 WLTP kilometres is not offered in the smaller Combo-e Cargo.
Opel has not yet revealed prices for the electric delivery van. The Combo-e Cargo will roll into dealerships in autumn and is Opel’s latest addition to its lineup of all-electric light commercial vehicles after the Vivaro-e, which is already available. The Movano-e, Opel’s next battery-electric commercial vehicle, will arrive before the end of the year. This means Opel’s entire commercial vehicle portfolio will be electrified by the end of the year.
Just last week, PSA’s sister company Citroën presented an almost identical model in the form of the ë-Berlingo. Peugeot is also expected to present a corresponding electric version of its Partner high-roof van shortly.
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