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Vauxhall Movano goes electric

Continuing with the electrification of its van range, Vauxhall has announced the Movano, the largest van in the range will now be electrified and has released the first details and images. Not only that, its suddenly changed shape and become a PSA large van derivative.

All new Movano-e

Similar to the other large vans in the PSA Group range the all new Movano-e features a 90kW (122PS) and 260Nm electric motor and there’s a choice of either a 37kWh or 70kWh battery, with ranges of 72 miles and 139 miles respectively under WLTP testing.

All-New Movano-e’s lithium-ion battery is mounted under the floor between the front and rear axle, resulting in no compromise in load volume compared to the diesel-engined model. This positioning of the battery also results in a low centre of gravity, improving cornering and stability even when fully loaded and the regenerative braking system recovers energy when slowing further increases the Movano-e’s efficiency.

Of course, fully electric LCV models such as the Movano-e are exempt from current ultra-low and congestion charge payments and the zero emissions powertrain allows businesses to save significantly on company van tax, with a 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate resulting in a potential annual savings that can amount to thousands of pounds.

Vauxhall Movano

Loadspace and Models

As well as the van range, the all-new Movano is also available as a chassis cab, a chassis crew cab and a platform cab with a single row of three seats and is also available as tippers and dropsides in their conversion range.

The panel van has four wheelbase lengths (L1, L2, L3 and L4) and three height options (H1, H2, and H3), with load volumes from 8.0 to 17 cubic metres. Measuring  1,422mm between the wheel arches and 1,870mm between the side panels. The high roof H3 variants rear doors have a 2.03mm loading height, plus can be opened up to 270 degrees. It has a wide range of gross vehicle weights from 2,800kg to 4,000kg offering a maximum payload of 2,100kg. The standard panel van has a single row of three seats, while crew cab versions benefit from second row seating that can accommodate a further four passengers.

Vauxhall Movano

Technology

The Movano-e has the MyVauxhall app which allows access to useful information such as nearby charging stations, while VauxhallConnect gives drivers access to features such as current charge status as well as LIVE Navigation providing online traffic information in real time

Vauxhall Connect also comes with Vauxhall’s e-Call and b-Call technology, where in the event of an emergency or breakdown drivers are put in touch with a trained advisor with just the touch of a button.

Safety features include a range of features depending on trim level and include forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and Hill Descent Control, which takes into account the extra length of a trailer when warning drivers about objects in their blindspot.

Vauxhall Movano Diesel

The all new Movano diesel version is available as the electric with a 2.2-litre unit meets strict Euro 6d emissions regulations and is available with a range of power outputs, from 120PS to 165PS and with torque figures of between 300Nm and 370Nm and they all matched to a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “I’m delighted to announce the addition of All-New Movano and Movano-e to Vauxhall’s award-winning LCV range. Large van customers are some of the most demanding in the business, but with its class-leading loading space, low running costs and wide range of body options, All-New Movano is more than up to the challenge of even the most demanding businesses and fleets. “Crucially, with the introduction of All-New Movano-e, Vauxhall is now one of very few brands offering an electric variant across its entire LCV range, giving buyers the choice to go fully electric to suit the needs of their business and benefit from the environmental, ownership cost and user experience benefits they offer. As a brand, Vauxhall is committed to offer an electrified variant across its entire car and van range by 2024.”

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