Vauxhall to build electric vans at Luton plant from 2025

Vauxhall to build electric vans at Luton plant from 2025

22 Feb    Finance News, News

Vauxhall’s parent company, Stellantis, has announced plans to commence electric vehicle production at its Luton factory, securing the long-term future of the plant and 1,500 jobs.

The decision follows concerns about Brexit-related challenges faced by the factory in the previous year.

Production of the medium-sized Vivaro Electric van is set to begin before the summer of 2025, marking a significant milestone for the facility as it celebrates its 120th anniversary. Additionally, electric models from other Stellantis brands, such as Citroën, Peugeot, and Fiat, will also be manufactured at the Luton plant.

Mark Noble, Director of Luton Vauxhall, described the move as a fitting tribute to the plant’s long-standing history and contribution to the automotive industry.

Last year, Stellantis initiated electric vehicle production at its Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire, where the Vauxhall Combo Electric is currently being produced. The decision to expand electric vehicle manufacturing to the Luton facility underscores the company’s confidence in its UK operations.

Maria Grazia Davino, Group Managing Director of Stellantis UK, emphasized the importance of government support in stimulating demand for electric vehicles and backing manufacturers investing in sustainable initiatives in the UK.

The Luton factory, established in 1905, has a rich history of producing commercial vehicles, with the first panel vans, “VYC” and “VXC,” rolling off the production line in 1932.

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