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Vauxhall’s electric range is growing with the introduction of a battery-powered version of its smallest Combo van.

Joining the electric Vivaro-e commercial, the Combo features the same powertrain that you find in models such as the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208 – a 50kWh battery and 100kW electric motor delivering 134bhp.

Vauxhall says it has a range of up to 171 miles, while 100kW rapid charging capability means the battery can be topped up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. In terms of performance, the Combo-e can reach 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds and hit a top speed limited to 80mph.

Available in two lengths – L1H1 (4.4m long) and L2H1 (4.75m), the van can accommodate two Euro pallets in a row, while having a maximum load length of 3.4m, thanks to a folding passenger seat. A payload of up to 800kg, and tow limit of 750kg also extends is usability.

Like the standard petrol and diesel Combo, it will be available in a ‘Crew’ variant, which adds a second row of seats, meaning it can accommodate four adults.

Standard equipment includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with traffic sign recognition and a driver drowsiness monitoring system. It’s also available with a system that can detect if the van is overweight.

Pricing is yet to be announced, though Vauxhall says the Combo-e will be available in showrooms in the autumn. The brand’s largest Movano is also going to be available as an EV later in 2021 – meaning the full van range will soon be available with an electric option.

Ted Welford

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January 20, 2021