Vauxhall are celebrating a double win at the What Van? Awards 2022!
The All-New Vauxhall Combo-e was named the What Van? Electric Van of the Year, while the Vivaro-e took home the win in the Medium Van of the Year category. Vauxhall’s new model coming soon, the Vivaro-e Hydrogen, finished off the honours, being named as ‘another one to watch’ in the One to Watch category.
The electric vehicle awards come at a time when Vauxhall is one of few manufacturers within the UK who are capable of offering fleets and customers a fully electric variant across its entire Light Commercial Vehicle range. Vauxhall have committed to selling electric-only vehicles from 2028 onwards.
The multiple award-winning Vauxhall Combo-e was named What Van? Electric Van of the Year, and judges praised the vehicle for its excellent electric range and load capacity. Vauxhall’s comprehensive service network was also taken into account.
What Van? Editor, James Dallas, said “The Vauxhall Combo-e is a sophisticated electric van with a decent range and no compromises on load volume and payload. Vauxhall’s prominent position in the UK, including a comprehensive servicing network, means the Combo-e can be a game-changer for businesses in the compact electric van sector.”
The Combo-e is capable of travelling up to 171 miles from a single charge, powered by a 50kWh battery and a 136hp electric motor. The Combo-e also comes with a 4x4m3 load volume, which is identical to its petrol and diesel versions.
An 80% charge can be completed in less than 30 minutes, with support from a 100kW rapid charge, making the Combo-e ideal for businesses after a practical and affordable van.
The Vauxhall Vivaro-e starred in the Medium Van category, with What Van? Judges impressed with the extensive range and superb load capacity.
James Dallas, What Van? Editor, added: “The electric version of the popular Vivaro has proven to be what many fleets aiming to switch to EVs in the high-volume medium van sector have been looking for. With refinement at least the equal of its diesel sibling, impressive loading capacity and the ability to cover 200 miles between battery charges, the Vivaro-e has brought EV technology into the mainstream.”
The Vivaro-e is available with either a 50kWh or a 75kWh battery, and is capable of up to 205 miles from a single charge on the larger battery variants, and comes with a maximum load volume of 6.6m2.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director at Vauxhall, said: “We would like to thank the judges at What Van? for recognising the All-New Combo and Vivaro at the What Van? Awards 2022. As a British brand, I’m proud to see Vauxhall is leading the electrification of the UK van market. Vauxhall is all about democratising access to electrified vehicles and by offering an all-electric version of each of our vans, we hope to further help reduce in-use emissions and bring the lower running costs and user experience of driving electric to even more businesses."
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen prototype vehicle also drew praise from What Van? In the ‘One to Watch’ category. With a 249-mile range and a three minute refuelling time thanks to the on-board hydrogen fuel cell technology, the Vivaro-e Hydrogen is also capable of carrying up to 6.1m3 of cargo.