The new Vauxhall Vivaro-e has come out top due to its ultra-low running costs, all-electric range of 205 miles, and all-round practicality.
The all-electric Vivaro-e has won the first ever What Car? Van of the Year title, newly ran in association with commercial vehicle retailer Vansdirect. The electric van wowed judges for its combination of zero-emissions power, ultra-low running and ownership costs and impressive performance and practicality.
The Vivaro-e was launched earlier this year, and will give up to 205 miles of electric range, making it practical for everyday use for many commercial van drivers, as well as ensuring that running costs are extremely low. The van is easy to drive, as well as practical, and finally it stands out from similar vans for having stronger residual value predictions meaning it is cheaper to own.
Steve Huntingford, WhatCar? Editor said:
“As the first wave of electric vans hit the market, it is the Vivaro-e that is doing the most to demonstrate that they can be practical, affordable replacements for petrol or diesel-powered vans for many drivers, the Vivaro has always been an appealing van for its straightforward blend of practicality and affordability, but for anyone who can fit a Vivaro-e into their working life the list of its assets has now become even more compelling thanks to the advantages electrification offers.”
Talking about the victory, Stephen Norman, Group Managing Director, Vauxhall, said:
“All of us at Vauxhall Motors are honoured that What Car? has awarded our all-electric Vivaro-e as its Van of the Year.“Without doubt, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e is a game changer.With class-leading range, payload and towing capacity, Vivaro-e is the all-electric van that will carry British business. The strength of the quantity of orders for our all-electric van already demonstrates that the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, the first step in the electrification of our entire van range, will contribute towards the transition towards low emissions vehicles whilst improving air quality.”
Vauxhall also took home awards in the following categories: Small Van - Best for Practicality (Vauxhall Combo); Medium Van - Best for Practicality (Vauxhall Vivaro); Electric Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs and Best Overall (Vauxhall Vivaro-e).