The two souls of the Opel Combo-e

FOUR VARIANTS ONE BATTERY – For last mile deliveries in the historic centers of big cities and beyond, the Stellantis group has created the electric versions of Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Opel Combo, multi-space vehicles born from a single platform, which in 2022 it will join also the new generation of the Fiat Professional van. For theOpel Combo-e the time has come for the first contact, in Ruesselsheim, where the electric van of the German house was presented in four variants: van (Cargo) and multispace (Life), with short wheelbase and long wheelbase, even if it would be more correct to speak of L1 and L2, because the largest format is actually obtained from a 192 mm lengthening of the wheelbase and 158 mm of the rear overhang, for a total of 35 cm (it goes from a length of 440 mm to 475 cm). The battery pack does not pose problems in choosing: there is only one type, with 216 cells and 18 modules, positioned under the floor between the front and rear axles so as not to limit the functionality of the passenger compartment in any way.

TRANSPORT OF GOODS AND TRANSPORT OF PEOPLE – L’Opel Combo-e Cargo it is available in two lengths: the more compact variant can carry objects up to 309 cm long and boasts a cargo volume of up to 3.8 cubic meters. The XL version boasts a cargo volume of up to 4.4 cubic meters and can carry objects up to 344 cm long. The maximum capacity reaches 800 kg and the towable weight is 750 kg – values ​​at the top of its segment. Depending on the local offer, Opel Combo-e Cargo it can also be used for the transport of people. Based on the long XL model, the crew cab version with double cab boasts 5 comfortable seats, including the driver, while objects or equipment can be safely stowed behind the partially opening bulkhead to transport particularly long objects.

DRIVING ASSISTANTS AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT – Among the strengths of the new electric van Opel Combo-e the complete range of driver assistance technologies and systems stands out: from driver fatigue detection to road sign recognition and accident alert with pedestrian protection and automatic emergency braking. Very important for the safety of other road users is the SRV (Surround Rear Vision) system, which helps prevent accidents with cyclists and pedestrians when turning right. In addition, two cameras ensure rear and side visibility even on vans with paneled rear doors, practically functioning as a large rear-view mirror. With a range of 275 km the Combo-e Cargo it lends itself well to deliveries in urban but also extra-urban areas, taking into account that the maximum speed is self-limited to 135 km / h, which allows it to also tackle motorway sections without inferiority complexes (however, it should be borne in mind that autonomy at speeds close to the maximum speed it can be halved).

BETTER THAN A LARGE SMALL VEHICLE – L’Opel Combo-e Lifefor its part, it is offered with one or two sliding side doors and is available in the standard version, 4.4 meters long, or in the XL version, 4.75 m, both with 5 or 7 seats. The shorter 5-seater version still offers a luggage compartment of 597 liters (850 liters in the longer version). By folding down the rear seats, the load volume the short wheelbase version triples and reaches 2,126 liters, while the longer model can carry up to 2,693 liters. Based on the driving profile and prevailing conditions, theautonomy can reach an altitude of 280 km with a full charge of the 50 kWh lithium-ion battery (WLTP), an interesting value for the use of a large family on weekdays for the classic home-school-work route but just enough to reach the second home by the sea or in the mountains. The battery is charged to 80% in about 30 minutes at public DC charging stations.

BRILLIANT AND WELL-TRIMMED – Thanks to an output of 136 hp and a torque of 260 Nm, the two variants of theOpel Combo-e they show a certain agility in the city, when restarting from the traffic lights and juggling in intense traffic, where acceleration occurs never too abruptly, even with a passage from 0-100 km / h in less than 12 seconds, an interesting value given the mass at stake. Stability is also very good, with the battery pack placed inside the wheelbase and under the seats, so as to lower the center of gravity, while the brakes show a certain incisiveness after the first part of the pedal stroke that activates the regenerative braking.

CHARGE FOR 200 KM IN HALF AN HOUR – Numerous energy infrastructures and charging options, from Wallbox to fast charging or even charging cable with domestic plug, if necessary, adapt to the energy needs of the two versions of theOpel Combo-e. Using a 100 kW public DC charging station, it only takes about 30 minutes to reach 80% of the 50 kWh battery charge; the vehicle is supplied with a 7.4 kW single-phase on-board charger as standard or the 11 kW three-phase charger.

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