According to the latest sales and registrations figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Vauxhall is the UK’s best-selling electric light commercial vehicle (e-LCV) manufacturer.
Vauxhall has sold 1,828 electric light commercial vehicles so far this year. It is now one of the few manufacturers able to offer fleets and business customers an electric van across its entire LCV line-up, with the All-New Combo-e compact van completing the brand’s offering after going on sale in August.
Sales success so far this year has been underpinned by the multiple award-winning all-electric Vivaro-e. This is the best-selling model so far this year in the e-LCV sector.
The Vivaro-e has a long list of awards under its belt, including International Van of the Year 2021 and the overall Van of the Year and the Electric Van of the Year titles at the annual What Van? 2021 awards. It was also named Best Electrified Commercial Vehicle at the 2021 DrivingElectric Awards.
The popularity of the Vivaro-e is down to its impressive range of up to 205 miles (330km) and a maximum payload of up to 1,226kg.
The Vivaro-e is at the forefront of leading Vauxhall’s commitment to electrification. The brand plans to offer an electrified variant across its model line-up by 2024. Vauxhall also plans to offer only fully electric cars and vans in the UK by 2028.
In July, Stellantis announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site for a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing.
The plant will produce a solely battery-electric model, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of next year. These include the Combo-e and Combo-e Life, for both domestic and export markets. The new plant is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the community.
Paul Willcox, Vauxhall managing director, said: “As a British brand, I’m proud to see Vauxhall is leading the electrification of the UK van market with our multiple award-winning Vivaro-e.
Vauxhall is all about democratising access to electrified vehicles and, with the All-New Combo-e and All-New Movano-e now available to order, we offer an all-electric version of each of our vans, further helping to reduce in-use emissions and bring the lower running costs and user experience of driving electric to even more businesses.”