The fourth generation multi-purpose vehicle Opel Zafira will debut at the Brussels motor show on 18 January 2019, this time as the van three sizes and seat up to nine people. The German company stated that a fully electric version of the Zafira Life will appear in 2021.
Opel Zafira Life currently is only available in ice version, but the automaker promises that this versatile vehicle will be available in electric version in 2021. It will certainly be worthwhile, as a passenger van is available in three lengths and can be manufactured in accordance with the requirements of the customer: 4,60 m, 4.95 m and 5.30 m — each of which has up to nine seats mentioned.
Then an electric van, Opel will not be the only such solution. Opel has also provided updated information about the upcoming van Vivaro, saying that in 2020 it will also be available in pure electric version.
Both models are part of a wider strategy of the automaker. Opel CEO Michael Vosseller says that “by the end of 2020, we will come out with its eight completely new or updated models.” He added: “We will open pre-orders for the two electrified models in the first half of 2019: for a fully electric version of the Corsa and plug-in hybrid crossover Grandland X”.
It is obvious that Opel/Vauxhall is actively promoting its strategy of electrification. This is mainly due to the restructuring plan called PACE!, which was submitted in November 2017 and which aims to return Opel to profitability in the PSA group in 2020. Accordingly, all the European series cars from Opel will also have an electric version by 2024.
Another part of the plan PACE! affects the charging infrastructure, the German automaker recently announced a major initiative to transform the hometown of Opel in the “electric city”. Opel claims that it will have the highest density of charging stations in relation to the number of inhabitants throughout the European Union.