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.