New Vauxhall Movano comes with electric battery and hydrogen fuel options

The heavy-duty van Movano has been refreshed by Vauxhall and is now available at a lower price, with more power and more range.

With brands identifying carrier vans and MPVs as a key sector in the EV market, it’s time for Vauxhall Movano to become the latest one to get a needed refresh and it’s quite a big refresh this time.

Retaining all the practicalities of the previous version, the new Movano also continues Vauxhall’s electrification strategy – with higher power and a longer driving range. Besides diesel, the British car company’s largest LCV (light commercial vehicle) is now available with the option of an electric battery and hydrogen fuel cell.

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James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “The new Vauxhall Movano is the perfect addition to the fleet and can master heavy duties. The new Movano Electric demands no compromises, offering even more power and a longer driving range than before.

“In addition, the new Movano is available with level 2 automated driving, a real highlight in this segment. With strengths such as these, the new Movano makes fleets future-proof.”

Taking clean fuel transport to the next level

The electric battery option of the new Vauxhall Movano is powered by an especially strong electric motor with 200 kW/270 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Thanks to the new 110 kWh battery, the new Movano Electric can cover up to 261 miles (WLTP) without a charging stop, making it a capable, reliable partner, even on longer journeys.

The new Movano Electric is equipped as standard with a three-phase 11 kW onboard charger for AC charging. It is also the first Vauxhall to offer the option of charging with up to 150 kW DC. At a public fast charging station, it only takes 55 minutes to recharge to 80 per cent of the battery capacity.

Finally, the new innovative hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will offer a range of up to 311 miles (WLTP) and can be refuelled with hydrogen in only around five minutes. The only bummer is that you’ll have to wait almost a year to place an order, with customer deliveries starting in early 2025.

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Automated driving and all-new improved cockpit

To aid the drivers, Movano also breaks boundaries in assisted driving in vans. The electric power steering is designed to automatically adjust the assistance level based on how fast you’re going, thus increasing comfort both when driving at higher speeds or taking your van around tight corners in the city.

There are key safety alerts such as forward collision alert with emergency braking and side blind-spot alert, in addition to sensors galore, all there to improve safety for the driver and other road users.

Movano drivers can also now work in a tech-filled, comfortable environment. The cockpit of Vauxhall’s largest LCV has been comprehensively redesigned, making it more ergonomic.

And screens! Not just one, but two of them! One seven-inch configurable information centre provides all key vehicle data to the driver, while Vauxhall has added another 10-inch colour touchscreen at the top of the centre console. Of course, you can connect your smartphone to it and even control functions with your speech.

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Finally, Vauxhall Movano is big. How big? The Movano Electric can carry a payload of up to 1,385 kg. All thanks to the battery being fitted in the underbody, which fully retains the cargo volume of up to 17 cubic metres, and also makes it suitable for numerous conversions.

Details about the space of Movano Hydrogen remain misty for now, but it shouldn’t differ too much. For now, it is sure that the new range of carriers from Vauxhall is destined to become efficient, climate-friendly and resource-saving partners for heavy duties.

Sales of the new Vauxhall Movano Electric are expected to start by the end of this year, with the model being priced from £50,385.

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