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By ROB HULL FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK
PUBLISHED: 10:42, 9 July 2021 | UPDATED: 09:12, 12 July 2021

  • Vauxhall is 'opening the next chapter of its comprehensive electrification offensive', bosses said
  • Parent company Stellantis announced on Tuesday new plans for Vauxhall's UK car factory
  • Ellesmere Port will become an electric van production facility from next year
  • Raft of new EV models promised, including retro version of the Opel Manta
Vauxhall has this morning announced it will ditch the petrol and diesel engine from 2028 and sell only fully-electric cars and vans in the UK from that date.

The announcement comes in the same week the brand confirmed it is converting its Ellesmere Port factory - which currently produces the Astra hatchback - into an electric van plant.

With the battery-powered Corsa-e the UK's most-bought new EV currently, the marque has also promised a return for the iconic Opel Manta as a fully-electric vehicle to be sold in Britain by 2025
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The decision means Vauxhall dealers will be offering only battery powered cars two years ahead of the Government's plan to ban the sale of new models with internal combustion engines from 2030.



Vauxhall to go all-electric in the UK: The British marque has confirmed it will stop selling petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2028 - two years ahead of the Government's plan to ban them
Vauxhall to make electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD concept car.


Making the announcement on Friday morning, Vauxhall said it is 'opening the next chapter of its comprehensive electrification offensive'.

Part of the process will see every model on sale by 2024 be offered with an electrified version, be that an entirely battery-powered alternative to petrol and diesel or a hybrid choice.
Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall Motors, added: 'As of 2028, Vauxhall will only offer fully electric cars and vans in the UK.

'The future of the automotive industry is electric – and Vauxhall will lead that in this country.
'We are on a journey to reinvent Vauxhall and heading towards a net zero CO2 future – CO2 is the new currency in our industry.'



The all-electric target of 2028 for Vauxhall will be more immediate than other brands under the banner of parent group Stellantis, which also includes the likes of Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and Jeep.

With Vauxhall being a UK-only product - with the same models sold as Opels in mainland Europe - it makes sense for it to sell only electric vehicles ahead of the Government's plans to banish internal combustion engine cars by the end of the decade.

One of the new EV models already promised by bosses is a 'modern day version of the Opel Manta' - which was originally available from 1970 to 1988 in two generations, Manta A and Manta B - following a 'positive public reception' to the Manta GSe ElektroMOD restomod unveiled in May.



One of the new EV models already promised by bosses is a 'modern day version of the Opel Manta' following a 'positive public reception' to this Manta GSe ElektroMOD that was unveiled just two months ago.


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The concept shown earlier this year has a 31kWh battery and 145bhp electric motor. The claimed range is 124 miles, while an on-board 9kW charger means a full charge takes four hours.



The concept car has a stripped-back interior and old-school steering wheel. Even the instrument cluster, which is digital, has retro clocks displayed on the screen.

Bosses say it will be on sale by 2025.

The concept shown earlier this year has a 31kWh battery and 145bhp electric motor.
The claimed range is 124 miles, while an on-board 9kW charger means a full charge takes four hours.
It has brake regeneration technology that helps it to recoup energy when slowing down that would have otherwise been wasted.

It also recently gave an early glimpse of the next-generation Astra, of which there will be electrified version when it goes on sale from next year.




The decision will see Vauxhall become one of the first mainstream brands in Britain to stop selling petrol and diesel cars. Its biggest rival, Ford, has promised to offer only plug-in hybrids and EVs from 2027 before going entirely electric in 2030




Currently, Vauxhall offers nine electric or electrified cars and vans with the Corsa-e, Mokka-e, Grandland PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid), Combo-e, Combo-e Life, Vivaro-e, Vivaro-e Life and Movano-e.

In the first six months of this year, Corsa-e is the bestselling battery electric supermini and Vauxhall itself is the UK’s number one electric van manufacturer.

With the introduction of the all-electric Combo-e and Movano-e LCVs, Vauxhall will offer fully electric vans across its range by the end of 2021.

Including the car range, the entire Vauxhall portfolio will offer electrified versions by 2024 and then move to fully electric in 2028.

The decision will see Vauxhall become one of the first mainstream brands in Britain to stop selling petrol and diesel cars.

Its biggest rival, Ford, has promised to offer only plug-in hybrids and EVs from 2027 before going entirely electric in 2030.




In the first six months of this year, Corsa-e is the bestselling battery electric supermini



The Vauxhall Corsa-e has a claimed full battery range of up to 209 miles and can take just 30 minutes to charge to 80% battery capacity.

The news of Vauxhall becoming all-electric from 2028 follows parent company Stellantis confirming on Thursday that the group will invest €30 billion (£21.7 billion) by 2025 in its electrification strategy for the next decade.
By 2030, it said that 70 per cent of its European sales will be low emissions vehicles, which includes both plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles.

It has promised a host of new electrified models across its portfolio of 14 brands, ranging from city cars to pick-up trucks.

It also announced that it will built its first 'gigafactory' in Italy, having previously suggested that the UK was in the running for the home of its initial battery-making plant.

Vauxhall's transition to becoming an all-electric vehicle maker follows the announcement on Tuesday that the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire will be the first Stellantis plant to produce solely electric vehicles.
A £100million investment will see the Vauxhall Combo-e LCV and passenger version (as well as Peugeot and Citroen versions on the same platform) go into production at the site at the end of next year.


The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD concept is real-wheel drive and features a single-speed gearbox


The Vivaro-e Life is a large family MPV based on the Vivaro-e van. It will continue to be made in Luton while production of the smaller Combo-e will take place at Ellesmere Port

The move will safeguard around 1,000 jobs at the plant - and up to 7,000 workers in the supply chain, according to union Unite - and receive funding from the UK Government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a video message to the firm's bosses and workers at the factory earlier this week, while Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was in attendance at the plant for the announcement.

Mr Johnson said: 'It's a huge vote of confidence in our economy, in the people of Ellesmere Port and in our fantastic post-Brexit trading relationships.

'And it's a great example of the kind of high-skilled, well-paid jobs that we're securing as part of our green, industrial revolution.

'The Stellantis plant marks the new age of cheap and efficient mass-produced electric vehicles.
'And I could not be more proud of the fact that, in just a couple of years from now, your packages will be gliding silently to your door in an electric van marked 'Made in Great Britain'.'


Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, speaking during a press conference at the factory, where it was announced that the site is to become parent company Stellantis's first manufacturing facility dedicated to solely battery-electric models, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of next year

Mr Kwarteng would not be drawn on the exact arrangements during a round of media interviews at the factory.
He said: 'We have contributed an amount. But of course that has been superseded and dwarfed by Stellantis, the £100 million, that Stellantis has put into this investment.

'You will appreciate we talk with lots of automotive companies; the amount of support we give is commercially sensitive and I'm not going to disclose that to you on television.

'What we have to appreciate is every advanced manufacturing country is supporting the automotive sector, is supporting really what is a once-in-a-generation transition away from traditional internal combustion engine machines to electric vehicles, to hydrogen vehicles in some cases, but this is really a new green, industrial revolution, and we are happy to back it.'

Mr Kwarteng added: 'I think we are much more flexible outside the EU, I'm not going to say we wouldn't have been able to do it in the EU, but I think clearly we are in a much more flexible situation, we can have much more nimble action.
'And certainly in my role as Business Secretary, I've been struck by the number of people who have come to my door, wanting to invest in the UK and very excited about the prospects of investing here after our departure from the EU.'

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Well it looked liked that went down well with the British reading the DM comments, they don't seem to want an expensive to buy EV car future from anyone judging by the comments storing new diesel cars for use after 2028 seems to be their thinking on EV's. Ford & Toyota seem to have the right mid term strategy will taking the hybrid path until 2035 when hybrids are banned as well by European governments, sales new pure diesel/gasoline on powered cars will be banned by the EU earlier after 2030.

Will Opel/Vauxhall in 2028 & Fiat in 2025 benefit from going all electric earlier like the Tesla brand?
I would say yes and no, hybrids will start to to take over the car market brands like Toyota & Ford will do well in the mid term between now 2021 & 2035 when they are killed off European Union legislation.

Big problem EV's are not very affordable to masses in Europe a Stellantis Fiat 500 or Opel Corsa are not cheap in Europe cost almost as much as a base model F-150e in the US, or priced just below the price of base model small base model Audi BMW ICE car in Europe, but the European automakers are getting punished heavily by the European Union with heavy C02 based 34 billion Euro fines on ICE only powered cars the heavy EU C02 fines are distorting the market, so by going EV Vauxhall wont be clobbered by EU C02 fines is a big bonus.

New RWD Opel Manta base model EV looks like a very welcome long overdue type of EV that the market has been screaming out for. EV Automakers like Tesla have up to now been producing only exotic EV's like the model S that can low a Camaro away on a straight 1/4 mile run, Tesla love to hype it but it costs a Tesla $85,000 to do that. Most of the EV market at the moment has been geared up for the rich few and middle classes, average Joe working class European can't afford $85k Tesla's, even Model 3 and Fiat 500e are way out there price range does not match their wallet thats why there is massive backlash no interest for them on the Daily Mail website.

How much does every Brit drive average per day, week or month? On a daily basis, cars in the UK drive an average of 20 miles a day, 142 miles a week, 617 miles a month and 7,400 miles a year. No electric car producer has been catering for that type of car commute for the masses the working classes, they seem to be packing in mostly huge battery packs the give massive performance at 85k like Tesla S or exotic 400 mile ranges. Vauxhall's new back to basics bare bones Opel Manta is not packed with lots of expensive battery packs, will handle the typical British 20 mile 45 minute British stuck in traffic urban commute will be a car that is more affordable to the masses the working classes gives them a bit more space inside the cabin than a Fiat 500 or a Corsa. If Opel/Vauxhall can continue to make electric cars at the same prices as ICE cars that are affordable for the masses like the bare bones Opel Manta 124 mile range without bigger more expensive battery packs, by keeping the prices of the new EV cars down they will be onto a winner if they are more affordable to the masses that live mostly in built up urban area, Vauxhall's long term future profitability is looking more sustainable long term if they can produce EV's at affordable the same price or even cheaper like they are stating with the bare bone Manta.

Was very surprised to see Opel group normally a company not known for selling cars at a profit, are spot on with looking to make EV's like the bare bones Opel Manta with 124 range is more than sufficient for the typical 20 mile daily British commute to work and back, by using less of these expensive batteries it makes the car more affordable for the masses working classes in urban areas, using less batteries make Opel Group more profitable will sell more cars if they are more affordable, folk will scream range anxiety but if the average car owner UK commute is 20 miles a day the 124 mile range is more than ample, nobody in Europe is making a decent sized EV car that matches the working class wallet at the moment, if Opel can crack that then they will be onto a winner.

General Motors new small range, less use of batteries $4,000 bare bones basic small new EV car, might be to small for Americans it under performs in both range performance, but it is a massive hit in China, it is No1 best selling BEV suits the smaller Chinese, it's No 5 best selling car all fuel types. Hong Guang Mini 17.4 hp (13 kW) electric motor and either a 9.2 kWh or a 13.8 kWh battery. With the smaller battery, it’s capable of 120 km (75 miles) of range and with the larger, it can travel up to 170 km (110 miles), y on a charge at $4,000 it matches the Chinese working class wallet.

Would GM do well if they made a bigger sized car that suited Americans more, if it was a lot bigger than the Bolt, a lot cheaper than the Bolt more bare bones basic with half the expensive batteries, to help it become more affordable to the American masses the working class wallet, with just 125 mile range for use in American urban congested areas where they do smaller daily commutes?
 

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Doesn't bother me either way, they both can go...Buick stopped selling cars and only sells crossovers that can be easily restyled and rolled into GMC. I guess their only saving grace is that it is probably internally budgeted as GMC so the badge really doesn't matter.
 

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The Bolt does relatively well for Americans. Too bad its styled for imps. If they had styled like the EUV they are launching from the get go, it would have done better, and you bet its going to do better now with the EUV, which is going to decimate regular bolt sales.
 

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The Bolt does relatively well for Americans. Too bad its styled for imps. If they had styled like the EUV they are launching from the get go, it would have done better, and you bet its going to do better now with the EUV, which is going to decimate regular bolt sales.
I kind of question that and the EUV's styling. To me it still screams Electric Appliance, only the six burner range rather than the four burner one.
 
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