Vauxhall Combo-e – full details of 171-mile electric van on sale in 2021

  • Vauxhall confirms technical detail for electric Combo van
  • New Combo-e will join line-up below the Vivaro-e
  • Another boost to this Parkers award-winning van range­

Vauxhall has announced full technical details of its new Combo-e electric van. On sale in 2021, the 100% electric Vauxhall Combo-e will sit below the impressive Vivaro-e, and bring a similar level of zero-emission technology to the small van marketplace, offering up to 171 miles of driving range per charge and a payload rating of up to 800kg.

It won’t be alone. As part of the latest Groupe PSA / Stellantis electric van strategy, the Vauxhall Combo-e will use the same technology as the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner, both of which also go on sale in 2021.

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Technical info on the Vauxhall Combo-e

The Combo-e is based on the conventional Vauxhall Combo Cargo, but in place of the usual petrol or diesel engine it's powered be the same 100kW electric motor as the larger Vivaro-e, combined with a 50kWh battery pack.

That power output is equivalent to 136hp, and the motor also generates 260Nm of instant torque - certainly enough to make a small van feel pretty lively, we're sure.

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, 2021, yellow, driving

Vauxhall hasn't said as much, but based on the info we have about the Citroen e-Berlingo, there will be three driving modes, allowing you to balance performance against driving range and efficiency, as required.

There is also a B setting which boost the energy regeneration function of the electric motor, helping you to travel further per charge, especially around town where there is lots of stop-start driving.

Top speed is 80mph, while 0-62mph acceleration is timed at 11.2 seconds.

What's the driving range of the Vauxhall Combo-e?

The 50kWh battery pack matches the size of the smaller option available in the Vivaro-e, giving the Combo-e an acceptablly lenghty 171-mile driving range per charge.

This claim is still to be officially verified, but it has been tested to WLTP standards.

For a small electric van that's a really strong performance.

How long does it take to charge the Combo-e electric van?

If you don't mind paying to use a 100kW DC rapid charger, Vauxhall says the Combo-e can be topped up to 80% battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, 2021, yellow, charging

As for AC charging - the kind of thing you do with a home or workplace Wallbox charger - based on the info we have from the all-but-identical e-Berlingo this will take between five and 15 hours for a full charge. A 7kW single-phase AC charger comes installed on-board the van, with a 11kW three-phase version also avaialble.

You will be able to charge using a three-pin plug as well, but it will take even longer than that.

How many different versions are there?

Vauxhall will sell the Combo-e in both standard body sizes - L1H1 and the longer L2H1. The L2H1 model is available as a crew van as well as a panel van.

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, 2021, yellow, rear view

The available load space is the same as the standard petrol and diesel models, as the battery pack is mounted under the load floor.

You can check the full detaiils of this on our dedicated Vauxhall Combo dimensions page, but the headlines are 3.8-4.4 cubic metres of space, the ability to swallow up to two Euro pallets and a load-through Flex Cargo bulkhead for longer loads.

What's the payload of the Vauxhall Combo-e?

Maximum payload rating is 800kg, and the Combo-e is also able to tow up to 750kg.

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, 2021, yellow, being loaded

Vauxhall says the Combo-e will feature its overload indicator - a system that will give you a warning if you're approaching or above maximum payload.

Any other technology on-board?

As per the regular Combo Cargo range, the Combo-e will be available with a large number of technology solutions that not many other small vans can match.

These include a clever Surround Rear Vision camera system, Flank Guard sensors and a host of active safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking.

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, 2021, cab interior

All Combo-es will come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included.

When does the Combo-e go on sale and how much does it cost?

Vauxhall says the Combo-e is expected to reach UK dealers in autumn 2021 - as such, you probably won't be surprised to know that there isn't any pricing guidance just yet.

The Vauxhall Combo is joint-winner of the 2020 and 2021 Parkers Small Van of the Year awards, so we're expecting this new electric version to be a cracking small van, and well worth waiting for.

It will join the Vauxhall electric van range alongside the Vivaro-e that's already on sale and a promised Movano-e, which is set to be unveiled in more detail soon and also on sale before the end of 2021.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the yellow colour on the Combo-e pictured here? It's just for promotional purposes and won't be an option available to buyers. Hate to disappoint you, and all that...

Also read:

>> Our main Vauxhall Combo review

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>> The best electric vans you can buy now

>> Electric vans coming soon

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans