Opel is expanding the Vivaro range with a special version. The car is already on offer with an electric motor, but will soon be available as a Vivaro-e Hydrogen with a fuel cell on board.
Fuel cell vehicles are still rare. Toyota has Mirai, Hyundai has Nexo. Opel is expanding its capabilities with the Vivaro-e Hydrogen, a fuel cell version. Introduced left-hand drive later this year with an Opel badge, it will arrive in the UK with a right-hand drive in early 2023, if there is demand from buyers, with Vauxhall badges. The van will be built at the Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
The commercial van is based on the electric Vivaro-e, but has a completely different powertrain. There are no battery cells in it, but there are hydrogen tanks. They are connected to a fuel cell under the hood, which produces a modest 62 hp. By the way, the Vivaro-e Hydrogen has a 10.5 kWh battery that sits under the front seats. Vivaro-e can be charged with hydrogen in just 3 minutes. The range on hydrogen is 400 km (WLTP). A 10.5 kWh battery, which can be simply charged at the charging station, provides an additional 50 km of travel.
The loading volume is the same as that of other Vivaros, at 5.3 or 6.1 cubic meters. The Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen is also available in two lengths: 4.95 and 5.3 meters. The hydrogen van is expected to hit the market in the fall. The Vivaro brothers from Stellantis, Citro? N Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and likely Toyota Proace will also get a hydrogen version in the long run. Rival Renault, in turn, will introduce fuel cell Master and Kangoo versions during this year.