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.

That’s right. Stellantis are switching gears and will produce battery-electric LCV and passenger car models for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën from 2022.

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?

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