Vauxhall has released the first details and images of the Stellantis brand’s all-new Movano and Movano-e, the first large Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) from the brand to be available as a fully electric offering. If it looks familiar to many of our viewers out there, that’s because it is a corporate clone of the popular Fiat Ducato and its electrified E-Ducato variant. This means that the Vauxhall Movano and Movano-e offer class-leading load volume, a number of different body configurations, as well as seating for up to seven passengers, and low operation costs.
Designed to comfortably meet the wide-ranging demands of business and fleet users, the new third-generation Movano is available as a Panel Van, Crew Cab, and Chassis Cab configurations. Customers will also benefit from the new zero-emission Movano-e has a range of up to 139 miles using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
The new Movano joins the compact Combo and mid-sized Vivaro as the newest member of Vauxhall’s award-winning LCV lineup. The Movano-e lines up alongside the Vivaro-e and the new Combo-e which is joining the lineup later this year. The trio is part of Stellantis’ plan to offer a full-electric version across its entire LCV range in Europe by 2024.
When it comes to the new electrified Movano-e, it will feature a 90kW (120 horsepower) and 260 Nm (192 lb.-ft) of torque electric motor. Customers will be able to choose a 37 kWh or 70 kWh battery with ranges of 72 miles or 139 miles under the WLTP testing procedures. Like the other, fully electric Vauxhall LCV offerings, the Movano-e is exempt from current ultra-low and congestion change payments in the UK. The zero-emissions powertrain also allows businesses to save significantly on company van tax, with a 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax rate. This provides eligible businesses with immediate and significant annual savings that can amount to thousands of pounds (dollars).
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 center of gravity, improving cornering and stability even when fully loaded. A sophisticated regenerative braking system that recovers energy when slowing further increases the Movano-e’s efficiency.
Movano is also available with a powerful, durable, and efficient diesel engine option. The state-of-the-art 2.2-liter unit meets strict Euro 6d emissions regulations and is available with a range of power outputs, from 120 horsepower to 163 horsepower, and with torque figures of between 300 Nm (221 lb.-ft.) and 370 Nm (272 lb.-ft). All versions of the engines feature a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.
Both the Movano and Movano-e are available with a range of key safety features designed to protect both occupants and other road users. Depending on trim level the systems available 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 blind spot.
Panel Van customers can choose from four wheelbase lengths and three height options with load volumes measuring from 8 to 17 cubic meters (43 to 71 cubic feet). Movano also benefits from one of the widest range of Gross Vehicle Weights in the large LCV class (2,800kg or 6,172 lbs to 4,000kg or 8,818 lbs) and a maximum payload of 2,100kg (4,630 lbs).
Both electric and diesel versions of the Movano will arrive in the UK later this year.
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