Stellantis has announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory (UK) to transform the site into a dedicated battery electric vehicle manufacturing facility; more specifically, to manufacture passenger and commercial vans for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands.
Later in 2022, Ellesmere Port will build Vauxhall Combo-e (and Combo-e Life), Opel Combo-e (and Combo-e Life), Peugeot e-Partner, Peugeot e-Rifter, and Citroën e-Berlingo vans, not just for the domestic market but also for exports.
This £100 million investment demonstrates our commitment to the UK and to Ellesmere Port. I particularly want to thank our highly-skilled, dedicated workforce for their patience and contribution; we never let them down. Equally, I want to thank our partners the Unite Union for their open mindset and strong cooperation and, of course, the UK Government for their continued support. Producing battery electric vehicles here will support clean, safe and affordable mobility for the citizens. — Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis
The plant at Ellesmere Port will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. Built in 1962, the plant produced its first car, the Vauxhall Viva, in 1964. Since then, it has produced subsequent generations of the Viva, the Chevette and then each generation of the Vauxhall and Opel Astra. In total, it has built over 5.2 million vehicles.