Round-Up: First look at electric Vivaro, Van registrations fall in October, CV Show 2020 dates confirmed

First look at electric Vivaro

Vivaro EV

Vauxhall has released the first details about its forthcoming electric Vivaro van, which is due to go on sale next year.

The firm said the model – the Vivaro-e – will have a choice between two battery sizes. The 50kWh battery provides a range of up to 125 miles, while the 75kWh offers at least 185 miles, according to WLTP tests.

“For nearly two decades, the Vivaro has proven itself as a popular choice for moving goods and passengers alike,” said Richard Hughes, Vauxhall’s LCV director. “Now, with emissions-free transport and deliveries becoming increasingly important in urban areas, the demand for purely electric light commercial vehicles is increasing accordingly. From small businesses and to large fleets, the all-new Vauxhall Vivaro-e is set to carry British business.”

Van registrations fall in October

Hanover 2018 - Ford Transit

UK new light commercial vehicle registrations fell by 11.0% in October, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

According to the SMMT, 3,121 fewer models were registered in the month, with the organisation blaming uncertainty and regulatory changes for the drop.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “A second consecutive month of decline for new van registrations gives cause for concern, as uncertainty continues to have a negative impact on the purchasing of big ticket items. We need to reverse this trend, getting more of the latest models onto our roads to help improve air quality especially in urban areas. Crucial to this will be restoring economic and political stability to the UK, giving businesses the confidence to invest in their fleets.”

CV Show 2020 dates confirmed

CV Show

The organisers of the CV Show have confirmed it will take place between 28 and 30 April next year at the NEC Birmingham.

First-time exhibitors include electric taxi and van manufacturer LEVC, and Johnston Sweepers, while next year’s show will also see the return of Renault, Isuzu and Nissan as well as regulars Ford, VW, Fiat Professional, Vauxhall, the organisers said.