Vauxhall is the UK’s best-selling electric Light Commercial Vehicle (e-LCV) manufacturer according to the latest sales and registrations figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Vauxhall have sold 2,397 electric light commercial vehicles (LCVs) 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, the best-selling model year-to-date in the electric LCV sector.
The Vivaro-e has a long list of awards under its belt. These include International Van of the Year 2021, the overall ‘Van of the Year’ and the ‘Electric Van of the Year’ titles at the annual What Van? 2021 awards and ‘Best Electrified Commercial Vehicle’ at the 2021 DrivingElectric Awards.
The Vivaro-e is at the forefront of Vauxhall’s commitment to electrification, as the brand continues its electric vehicle expansion. The brand has the goal of offering an electrified variant across its model line-up by 2024, and to offer only fully electric cars and vans in the UK by 2028.
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, Vivaro-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.”
This is good news for the company, especially as parent company Stellantis announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant earlier this year. This is to transform the site ready for a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing.
Ellesmere Port will become the first Stellantis plant to produce a solely battery-electric model, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of next year. This includes the Combo-e and Combo-e Life, for both domestic and export markets. Vauxhall will also be adding the Vivaro-e Hydrogen to its all-electric van range from early 2023.