EV Production Commences at Stellantis’s Ellesmere Port Factory

  • Stellantis’s Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire has begun EV production, securing the site’s future with a £100 million investment.
  • The facility is the UK’s sole dedicated plant for EVs, producing models like Vauxhall Combo Electric and Opel Combo Electric.
  • The move aligns with the UK’s 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles.

The Stellantis plant’s opening marks a significant step for UK EV production

EV production has officially kicked off at the Stellantis factory in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. 

This manufacturing facility stands as the country’s sole dedicated plant for producing EVs. The opening marks a pivotal step in the automotive sector’s electrification journey.

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Stellantis, the multinational automotive corporation, has invested a substantial £100 million in this venture. This has come as a relief, as uncertainties surrounding post-Brexit trading arrangements had cast doubts over the former Vauxhall plant’s future.

The production lines at the Ellesmere Port factory are now buzzing with activity.

They’re gearing up to manufacture a range of electric vans. This will include the Vauxhall Combo Electric, Opel Combo Electric, Citroen e-Berlingo, and Fiat E-Doblo. These electric van models are set to play a pivotal role in the transition toward sustainable transportation solutions. This development aligns perfectly with the UK’s plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.

“Today’s announcement is a very visible demonstration that this government has got the right plan for the UK’s automotive sector.

“Alongside recent investments from other major vehicle manufacturers, we are ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of automotive innovation as well as securing jobs in this critical industry and its wider supply chain.”

Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for Business and Trade

“The start of electric vehicle production at Ellesmere Port signals a bright future for the plant, ensuring it will continue to manufacture vehicles for many years to come.

“With Vauxhall’s long history of UK manufacturing, it’s especially fitting that the first electric model to roll off Ellesmere Port’s production line is a Combo Electric, whilst the welcome addition of the Fiat E-Doblo to the plant is a positive reflection of increasing electric vehicle demand.”

Diane Miller, Plant Director 

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