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Vauxhall launches zero-emission hydrogen Vivaro

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Vauxhall has launched a new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell version of its light commercial van, the Vivaro.

The van has a range of up to 249 miles, refuels in just three minutes, has the same cargo area as the diesel or battery electric versions, and more payload (1,100kg) than the battery electric Vivaro. It expects right-hand drive versions to arrive in the UK in 2023.

Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “Vauxhall is already leading the way with an all-electric van range, and now we are set to add hydrogen to the line-up as an efficient energy system of the future. Vauxhall-Opel has more than 20 years of experience in developing hydrogen fuel technology which offers zero emissions-in-use, a long driving range and ultra-fast refuelling."

The new fuel cell electric vehicle is based on the existing battery electric Vivaro-e with two sliding side-doors. The plug-in fuel cell concept of this hydrogen model enables the integration of the whole fuel cell system with the existing traction motor under the bonnet.

In addition, the battery of the battery electric van is replaced by three 700-bar hydrogen tanks. The carbon-fibre cylinders can be filled in just three minutes, giving a range of 249 miles.

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen has a 45kW fuel cell capable of generating enough power for continuous motorway driving, while a 10.5kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the front seats, provides peak power when required - for example, at start-up and under acceleration. Since the battery covers power needs in such situations, the fuel cell can run at optimum operating conditions.

The battery also enables regenerative braking, while the plug-in capability offers the opportunity to recharge the battery externally if necessary, at a charging station for example, providing 31 miles of pure battery electric range.

Prices and other details have not yet been confirmed and, while some campervan manufacturers already convert the existing Vivaro, it has not yet been confirmed if any will convert to this hydrogen version.

 

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