Stellantis have offically announced a £100m investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site 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, for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands and for both domestic and export markets.

From later next year, Ellesmere Port will build the following all-electric vehicles:

Electric LCV –

Vauxhall Combo-e, Opel Combo-e, Peugeot e-Partner and the Citroën e-Berlingo

Electric Passenger Car –

Vauxhall Combo-e Life, Opel Combo-e Life, Peugeot e-Rifter and the Citroën e-Berlingo

The vehicles will all be powered by a 100kW (136hp) motor with a 50kWh lithium-ion battery.

They will be able to be charged at up to 100kW and take 30 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%.

Under WLTP conditions, they are capable of up to 174 miles of range.

Carlos Tavares, chief executive at Stellantis said: “Performance is always the trigger for sustainability and this £100m 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.

“Since 1903 Vauxhall has manufactured vehicles in Britain and we will continue to do so.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng said: today’s decision will “power Ellesmere Port into a clean future”.

In a statement he said: “Ellesmere Port’s proud tradition in auto manufacturing will continue for many years to come thanks to today’s investment.

“Stellantis’ decision to double down on their commitment to this site is a clear vote of confidence in the UK as one of the best locations globally for competitive, high-quality automotive production.

“Today’s decision will not only power Ellesmere Port into a clean future, but will secure thousands of jobs across the region in the supply chain.

“In this global race to secure electric vehicle production, we are proud to support Britain’s auto sector in this crucial transition as we work to build back better.”

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