Advantage tank speed
Almost more important than the range – even a conventional Vivaro-e can cover up to 329 kilometers – are basically the shorter refueling stops compared to the pure Stromer. The hydrogen tanks are filled in three minutes, which saves valuable time in everyday business. The battery can be fully charged with a maximum of 11 kW in around 90 minutes and is fed by recuperation when braking. Another plus point: thanks to the clever packaging, the loading volume of up to 6.1 cubic meters is retained, as is the payload and towing capacity of one ton each.
When driving, relaxation is the order of the day
How is it all going? Basically just like a normal Vivaro-e. On the one hand, this includes the trouble that the 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque have with the approximately two tons unladen weight of the shorter version we drove. The start from the stand is quite fast. 15 seconds for the standard sprint and a top speed of 110 km/h are not exactly exhilarating. And while we’re still complaining: The recuperation should work better and, above all, to a standstill, one-pedal driving is not possible.
On the other hand, the Vivaro e feeling also includes very good chassis and steering tuning as well as a generally pretty car-like driving experience. Really great! The unusual fuel cell plug-in hybrid betrayed neither any noise nor jerks nor other indecencies. You only realize that you are actually driving a hydrogen car at the gas station, when you quietly whirr away again after just a few minutes.