Stellantis Will Make BEVs At Dedicated Ellesmere Port Site
According to Stellantis, its Ellesmere Port location will produce compact electric vans for the likes of Citroën, Peugeot, Opel and Vauxhall.
- The site will produce battery electric LCV and passenger car models for notable automakers, a first for Stellantis.
- A £100m investment will go towards upgrading a site built back in 1962 to meet requirements.
- Stellantis will craft vehicles powered by a 100kW motor with a 50kWh lithium-ion battery.
Ellesmere Port was built in 1962, and next year will celebrate its 60th birthday but not before turning into an EV manufacturing site.
Models Stellantis will craft include:
- Peugeot e-Partner
- Citroën ë-Berlingo van
- Opel Combo-e
- Vauxhall Combo-e Life
- And many more.
All of the above vehicles fit the light commercial vehicles mould and are all powered by a 100kW (136hp) motor with a 50kWh lithium-ion battery. They can be charged at up to 100kW and take just 30 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%.
To make its site “fit for the future,” there will need to some changes: a new body shop, upgraded general assembly, a compression of the site area and the creation of an on-site battery pack assembly.
“Performance is always the trigger for sustainability and this £100 million 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. ”
— Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis
Furthermore, 100% of the electricity needed to run the site will come from local wind/solar farms in a bid to make the Ellesmere Port a self-sufficient site in line with its new purpose:
“In addition, there will be further support to enable a pathway to carbon neutrality for the plant by the middle of this decade. The plant aims to be 100% self-sufficient for electricity and work will commence imminently on potential wind and solar farms,” says Stellantis.
It’s great news for Stellantis and the UK as a whole. Just last week, Nissan officially announced its gigafactory in Sunderland alongside a new flagship EV. Again, great news, and a chance to compete with other parts of Europe from a production/distribution point of view.
A second manufacturing announcement in the span of a week — prepare yourself, as we have a feeling the UK isn’t done yet. Could Britishvolt make an announcement soon?