Vauxhall to become a purely electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer in record time

Vauxhall is on the way to becoming a purely electric brand. By 2028, Vauxhall will have switched its entire product line-up to purely electric vehicles (EVs). This is seven years ahead of the UK Government deadline in 2035 when all new cars and vans will be required to be zero emissions at the tailpipe.

Together with partners Total/Saft, Stellantis and Vauxhall-Opel have founded the Automotive Cells Company (ACC). Mercedes-Benz recently joined this venture too. With this partnership, the parties are creating a world-class player in the field of developing and producing high-performance batteries for the automotive industry.

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In addition, the partners announced that they would increase ACC’s industrial capacity in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to up to 32 GWh. This will see a true gigafactory for modern battery cell production created in a region that is a traditional location for component and engine production.

Vauxhall already offers a comprehensive selection of electrified models and there are currently 10 electrified models available, from the Corsa-e supermini to the large Movano-e van.

The brand is on a mission to electrify Britain and provide vehicles that perfectly meet UK motorists’ needs. In the near future, this will include driving ranges of between 310 miles (500km) and 497 miles (800km) and a best-in-class rapid-charging capability of 20 miles (32km) per minute.

The All-New Astra, already available with plug-in hybrid technology, will be available as an all-electric version from 2023 in both hatch (Astra-e) and estate (Astra-e Sport Tourer) guises.

A further battery-electric model will follow by the middle of the decade in a new interpretation of the Manta. Plus, the successors of the Vauxhall Crossland and Vauxhall Insignia will also be electric.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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