The manta has become history. It is now a good 50 years since the premiere of the first Manta and thus "over the hill". Many young people shaped his image, especially in the eighties of the last century. Movies were shot with him as the main actor and a category of jokes of their own was created. Probably the most memorable and shortest is: There is a manta in front of the university. You can see that as a pedestal for cult status. Those who have given it their own character traits with wide tires, spoilers and the Fuchsschanz on the antenna can look forward to a reincarnation: the Manta on the charging station.
With the fifth generation, Opel has expanded the combo with a purely electric drive. The Life version is a family van designed for medium-haul travel. As an all-rounder, it can be used both for larger transports and as a small team bus. We look at the inner and outer values of the E-Combo.
It has been clear since last year that Stellantis is increasingly focusing on the electrification of car and minibus models for the Peugeot, Citroen and Opel brands. The combustion engines are now only obsolete models in the coming years. Opel specified the plans again at the beginning of the year. This year, the Opel Combo Life, Vivaro Combi and Zafira Life models can now only be ordered with an electric drive.
The battery-electric Vivaro-e has a fuel cell counterpart. According to Opel, the first Vivaro-e HYDROGEN will 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.
Opel is currently preparing the completely renewed sixth generation of the Corsa for the future. After the rather bumpy start into electromobility with the Bold offshoot of General Motors as Ampera e, the new Corsa with an electric drive variant with 100 kW (136 hp) power and an announced WLTP range of 330 kilometers will be launched in 2020 walk.