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Opel Expands Vivaro Lineup With New Vivaro-e Flat Bed Truck!

Electric Commercial Truck Seems Appealing For Urban Use...

Opel continues to expand its Vivaro-e battery-electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) lineup. In addition to a panel van (Cargo), passenger van (Combi), Crew Cab, and Floor Cab, the emissions-free Vivaro-e with 50-kWh or 75-kWh lithium-ion battery is now available as a flatbed truck from German conversion specialists, Schoon Fahrzeug Systeme und Metalltechnik (Schoon Vehicle Systems and Metal Technology) GmbH.

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Based on the Opel Vivaro-e Floor Cab with a 3.27 meter (128.7 inches) wheelbase, the versatile flatbed truck offers a versatile platform measuring 2.44 meters (96 inches) in length, 1.83 meters (72 inches) in width, and 0.4 meters (15.7 inches) in height. The 40 cm (15.7 inches) high aluminum tailgate and sidewalls fold down for easy use, and the robust steel frame with high torsional rigidity is protected by a 10-year anti-perforation warranty, thanks to hot-dip galvanization.

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Loading/unloading is comfortable, thanks to the low load height of only 860 mm (33.8 inches). The floor of the platform is completely flat, without encroaching wheel arches. Access is further enhanced by the integrated step on the inside of the tailgate. Rocker panels below the platform complete the high-end appearance.

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It is important that cargo, goods, and tools are stowed safely. The floor of the Opel Vivaro-e flatbed truck’s platform (produced in one piece without butt welds) therefore features an anti-slip surface. Eyes recessed into the exterior frame (three per side) enable secure fastening of the cargo. Equipment can be stowed in the spacious, approx. 2.4 meter or 94.4 inch (deep box located under the platform at the rear of the vehicle. The 1.13 meter (44.4 inch) wide lid with a lockable latch and two hinges opens downwards for optimum usability.

If customers require storage, especially for tools, they can order a spacious toolbox from Schoon accessories measuring 1.8 meters (70.8 inches) in length, 0.63 meters (24.8 inches) in width, and 0.53 meters (20.8 inches) in height, which attaches to the load surface directly behind the cabin. With the 50-kWh battery, the Vivaro-e flatbed truck offers a payload of up to 960 kilograms (2,116 lbs).

The lithium-ion battery is packaged under the cargo space in such a way that the Vivaro-e requires no trade-offs in cargo capacity. A sophisticated regenerative braking system, which recovers the energy produced under braking or deceleration, further increases efficiency.

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With 100kW (136 horsepower) and 260 Nm (192 lb.-ft.) of torque from the propulsion system, the Vivaro‑e model line-up offers electrified transportation while requiring no concessions on usability. The electronically controlled maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) enables highway speeds while also preserving the electric driving range. Depending on the model variant, the Vivaro-e can cover up to 328 kilometers (204 miles) on a single charge of the 75-kWh battery (WLTP).

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The Vivaro-e is as easy to charge as it is to use. Via wall box, fast charging, or even a cable for charging from a domestic plug socket if necessary. Using a 100 kW DC public charging station, charging the 75-kWh battery to 80% state-of-charge takes around only 45 minutes. Opel offers onboard chargers that ensure that charging times are as fast as possible and that the battery (covered by an 8-year/160,000 kilometers or 99,420-mile guarantee) has a long life.

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In addition to the midsize Opel Vivaro-e and the Combo-e compact van, the German brand also offers the Movano large van as the battery-electric Movano-e. The entire Opel LCV portfolio is therefore all-electric, emissions-free, and immediately orderable, while the Vivaro-e HYDROGEN fuel cell vehicle continues the brand’s electrification strategy.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Now that the TOFAS built Fiat Doblo is no more, I'm glad that Stellantis continues to offer chassis-cab versions for their LCVs. This particular vehicle is based on the mid-sized van platform, not the smaller sized platform. Both cutaway and cab-chassis options are found on the large LCV platform Fiat Ducato/ Ram Promaster commercial vehicles.

The "new" Fiat Doblo uses the smallest of the three van platforms developed with PSA. It no longer has a cab-chassis option. There was never any cab-chassis or Work Up versions of the ProMaster City offered in North America by Ram. The new badge engineered Doblo would not be a suitable Ram PMC replacement, in my opinion. I'm not saying the new Fiat Doblo is a bad vehicle, it would make an excellent PT Cruiser replacement. The medium platform this Opel Vivaro (shared with Fiat Scudo ) would make a much better ProMaster City base than the smaller van. The big advantage for Stellantis for their mid and small LCVs over the outgoing Doblo's TOFAS design is Stellantis owns the design outright, so there are no contractual obligations on where these vehicles can be built.

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