Vauxhall has released first images of the new Combo-e Life, a fully electric variant of its award-winning Combo Life van. This gives families and fleets a practical zero-emissions choice for their next vehicle. The new Combo-e Life will be available in two sizes.
The 4.40-metre long medium-size models are available in five and seven seat configurations that offer 597 litres of boot space, extending up to 2,126 litres with the rear row folded. The 4.75-metre long XL vehicles are offered exclusively with seven seats which provide 850 litres of space, and up to 2,693 litres of storage space with the rear rows folded.
The Combo-e Life has a 50kWh lithium-ion battery that drives a 100kW electric motor capable of up to 260Nm of torque. The battery offers up to 174 miles (280km) in range from a single charge and can accelerate from 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 11.2 seconds. The Combo-e Life supports up to 100kW rapid charging, with an 80 percent charge taking just 30 minutes.
It can be fully charged via a three-pin domestic plug, a wallbox charger or up to 100kW rapid charging via public charging stations. All Combo-e Life variants come standard with a single-phase 7.4kW on-board charger, with an optional three-phase 11kW charger also available. A full charge via 100kW rapid charging can be completed in just 30 minutes. The ease of charging and solid range performance here make this a great family vehicle or commercial transport carrier.
Drivers have access to a sophisticated two-mode regenerative braking system, with ‘B’ mode increasing the regenerative braking for maximum energy recovery.
The 50kWh battery is made up of 216 cells and 18 modules and is packaged under the floor between the front and rear axles. This means there’s no compromise in boot space or interior room compared to the air polluting petrol and diesel Combo Life variants. The battery placement also ensures the new Combo-e Life is stable on motorways and when cornering.
The MyVauxhall smartphone app lets drivers use their phone to check the vehicle’s charge status and even programme delayed charging to take advantage of off-peak electricity tariffs. This announcement comes just after Vauxhall announced the release of the Combo-e electric van.
These new models will be arriving in showrooms later this autumn.