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Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN is produced in Rüsselsheim

The battery-electric Vivaro-e has a fuel cell counterpart. According to Opel, the first Vivaro-e HYDROGEN should roll off the production line in Rüsselsheim as early as autumn 2021. The drive battery in the underbody of the Vivaro-e is replaced by three 700-bar hydrogen tanks. These are carbon fiber tanks that should fill up with hydrogen in three minutes. According to the preliminary information, a driving distance of around 400 kilometers can be achieved according to the WLTP. The loading volume can be between 5,3 and 6,1 cubic meters, depending on the body variant. Loading can be varied from the rear or via two sliding doors on the side.

10,5 kWh lithium-ion battery with external charging option

According to Opel, the 45 kW fuel cell in the Vivaro-e HYDROGEN provides enough power for continuous driving on the motorway. When starting or accelerating, the 10,5 kWh lithium-ion battery housed under the front seats provides support to cover peak loads. In addition, the Vivaro-e HYDROGEN offers a high level of energy recovery via recuperation: braking energy can be recovered and fed into the battery as a generator using the electric motor. With the plug-in option, the battery can also be charged externally if necessary, so that the vehicle can cover 50 kilometers purely on battery power.

"Hydrogen is a future-oriented solution for an efficient energy system free of fossil fuels," is the official statement from Opel boss Michael Lohscheller. “We have more than 20 years
Experience in developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. This drive system combines all the advantages of zero emissions, long range and a short refueling stop. "

Vivaro-e HYDROGEN sectional drawing- Copyright Opel
Vivaro-e HYDROGEN sectional drawing- Copyright Opel

First deliveries in 2021

The new Opel Vivaro-e HYDROGEN will be available in two lengths, M and L (4.959 and 5.306 millimeters). The first vehicles are to be delivered to fleet customers as early as autumn.

In addition to the new Vivaro-e HYDROGEN, Opel is expanding its range of electrified light commercial vehicles in the future. The battery-electric Opel Combo-e and Movano-e will follow this year. By the end of the year, the entire Opel portfolio of light commercial vehicles will be electrified. And by 2024, Opel says it will offer an electrified version for every car and commercial vehicle model.


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