Opel To Become A Pure Electric Brand By 2028

The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker has confirmed its going all in on electrification. This includes a dedicated lineup of vehicles, not to mention a new giga factory in Kaiserslautern.

Opel vehicles lined up
The German manufacturer has it taking the electric pledge © Credit to Opel

Opel, a German vehicle manufacturer has announced it will become a pure electric brand by 2028, joining countless other brands taking the sustainable pledge.

The ultimate goal of the car brand is to offer EVs that “meet the demands of customers,” with vehicles that offer between 500 to 800 kilometres of range, and “best-in-class fast-charging capability of 32 kilometres per minute.”

Currently, there are a dozen electric vehicles on offer in the Opel lineup — each showcasing a unique archetype and build setup. These vehicles include:

  • Opel Rocks-e
  • Opel Corsa-e
  • Opel Mokka-e
  • Opel Combo-e Life
  • Opel Astra (PHEV)
  • Opel Astra Sports Tourer (PHEV)
  • Opel Grandland (PHEV)
  • Opel Zafira-e Life

And that’s without mentioning EVs like the Opel Combo-e, the Vivaro-e and the Movano-e. All light commercial vehicles offering greener alternatives to transport.

In Germany, the Opel Corsa-e and Mokka-e won the coveted Golden Steering Wheel in 2020 and 2021. What’s more, these vehicles make up more than 25% of all battery-electric sales in the country.

“Opel is on a consistent path to going electric – and in record time. We are thus making an important contribution to reducing CO2,” said Opel CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz.

“And we will not stop with the conversion of our product range: Together with our partners, we will be manufacturing our own high-performance batteries in Kaiserslautern as early as 2025. In addition, a resource-friendly new campus is being built at our headquarters in Rüsselsheim.”

Next year, Opel will launch the battery-electric Astra-e, as a five-door and Sports Tourer variant. By mid decade, the German brand will also bring the Opel Manta back as a pure EV, one that is sure to pique the interest of Opel fans everywhere.

“The new Opel Manta will be a highly emotional car once again. With electric power that ensures first-class acceleration on tap. Our Manta will once again stand for pure driving pleasure. We will build a fascinating, astoundingly spacious new interpretation.”
— Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Opel CEO

The news of more electric vehicles from Opel aligns with its plans to run a gigafactory with its fellow Automotive Cells Company partners. Partners that includes Total/Saft, Stellantis, and Mercedes-Benz who joined the alliance only a few months ago.

This new 32 GWh battery plant will be built in Kaiserslautern with production starting in 2025.

What do you think of this Opel announcement. And what do you think of its current lineup of electric vehicles? Leave a comment down below.

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