Vauxhall builds electric van in Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port production line

Stellantis owns Vauxhall, which manufactures cars and vans at Ellesmere Port.

Owners of the car brand Vauxhall will announce plans to build an electric van at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire.

An investment that is said to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds will protect the work of more than 1,000 factories.

The future of the factory became questionable after Vauxhall’s parent company Stellantis abandoned plans to build a new Astra model.

Details of the plan will be revealed at a later press conference.

Stellantis is in talks with the UK government about options for the Cheshire plant and is known to seek financial support for the plan.

Carlos Tavares, head of Stellantis, previously warned that the company would not invest in pure diesel or petrol vehicles at its factories, and decisions on where to build electric vehicles depended on the support of the UK government’s automotive sector. Said.

Carlos Tavares

Tavares said the fate of Ellesmere Port depends on the UK government’s commitment to the automotive industry.

Van sales are growing rapidly during the pandemic. The result of growth in home delivery sales.

But manufacturers are investing in changing markets. The United Kingdom and other European countries have announced that they will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles in 2030.

Last week, Japanese car maker Nissan The production of electric vehicles at Thunderland’s car plant will create 1,650 new jobs.

Theo Leggett, Analysis Box by Business Correspondent

Theo Leggett, Analysis Box by Business Correspondent

The outlook for the UK car industry is certainly much more rosy than it was just a few months ago.

If you don’t invest in new products every few years, your car factory will die. Ellesmere Port’s dilapidated factories have long been considered particularly vulnerable.

Earlier this year, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Vauxhall’s parent company Stellantis, made it clear that investments would only be made if the government itself was ready to support the industry.

The government seems to have done just that, and both Nissan and Stellantis itself today have promised to spend a lot of money on the development of electric vehicles here as a result.

However, there is a long way to go to secure the future of automobile manufacturing and to prepare for the future of electricity. Years of uncertainty about the consequences of Brexit have made automakers hesitant to commit to new plans, but the UK is still catching up.

Therefore, while news from Nissan and Vauxhall is widely welcomed, people in the sector agree that more is needed.

Stellantis is the fifth largest car manufacturer in the world and also owns Peugeot, Fiat and Chrysler.

Ellesmere Port, which was acquired by Boxhall Motors from the British Reserve Air Force in 1957, initially developed the site as a subassembly and engine production line for the Dunstable and Luton plants.

Employment peaked in 1975, with 12,000 staff.

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