Vauxhall ditches petrol and diesel engines in biggest cars: customers must buy electric

Vauxhall set to build new electric vans at Ellesmere Port

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The three brands, which are all part of the Stellantis group, confirmed that their Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) will no longer be run on fossil fuels and instead will come with battery power. There are six MPV models aimed at larger families transporting more than five people at a time.

Despite the three giants dropping prices in order to make the electric versions more affordable and eligible for the UK Government’s recently reduced EV grant of £1,500 some drivers may be concerned about a relatively low range in the models of between 143 and 174 miles.

The least expensive offering, the Citroen E-Berlingo costs £29,495.

While the French manufacturer’s eSpace Tourer is £30,295, there will still be a C4 version with a normal engine.

Vauxhall’s Combo-e-life has had its cost cut by £3,000 to £29,610 and the larger Vivaro-e comes down to £30,295.

Peugeot’s electric MPVs based on their Rifter and Traveller vans will also be available throughout Britain and Europe.

Stellantis has an electrification plan in line with most other manufacturers, hoping to have an electric version of all models by 2024, and a totally electric line-up four years later.

Only business customers in Switzerland and the Balkans will still be able to buy the MPVs with traditional engines.

However, customers in the UK who are part of the Government’s Motability scheme will still be able to order converted versions of the cars to allow disabled access with combustion engines.

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Citroen said the decision to ditch petrol and diesel engines was a ‘bold move’ that will bring ‘benefits to customers and the environment’.

They said: “This decision is the result of the brand’s responsible approach to the future of mobility, the desire to accelerate its energy transition strategy and the wish to provide customers with solutions in line with future trends.”

While Paul Willcox, managing director at Vauxhall UK, added: “Vauxhall has set out a clear ambition to go electric only by 2028 and this is another step on that journey.

“We are focused on ensuring that the benefits of going electric are available, and affordable, to as many British motorists as possible.”

Peugeot said: “Already we offer a fully electric van across our entire LCV [Light Commercial Vehicle} portfolio, so with our award-winning MPV range now exclusively available as electric vehicles, we’re catering for the growing demand for zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles.”

This month saw the Government cut the grant given to buyers of electric vehicles from £2,500 to £1,500.

It has been cut each year for the past three years, from a previous high of £5,000.

The maximum cost of eligibility was also dropped to £32,000 from £35,000.

And business fleets saw the amount of grants they could apply for capped at 100.

Last year the Stellantis group pledged to spend £25billion to begin producing their next generation of EVs and batteries.

The group wants 70 percent of its line up to be electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030, the same year the UK will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars.

Stellantis also includes established brands like Alfa Romeo and Jeep.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, it has 300,000 employees making cars in 30 countries.

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