New Manta model with purely electric drive expected to be launched by mid-2020s
Vauxhall is set to become a purely electric brand by 2028, it has announced.
The carmaker has set out plans to switch its entire line-up of cars and vans to purely electric vehicles, seven years ahead of the UK Government deadline.
The Stellantis-owned brand is on a mission to electrify Britain and “provide vehicles that perfectly meet UK motorists’ needs”.
In the near future, it will offer driving ranges of between 310 miles and 497 miles and a “best-in-class” rapid-charging capability of 20 miles (32km) per minute.
Currently, Vauxhall has ten electrified models on the market.
As part of its electric goals, Vauxhall announced that its new Manta model with purely electric drive by the mid-2020s.
Vauxhall’s sister brand Opel created a concept in 2021, which was a reimagining of the original with a 145bhp electric motor and four-speed manual transmission.
Vauxhall has also highlighted its Vivaro-e Hydrogen with fuel cell technology in trials to follow in the UK.
The light commercial vehicle has a range of up to 249 miles and refuels in just three minutes.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “Vauxhall is already leading the way with an all-electric van range, and now we are set to add hydrogen to the line-up as an efficient energy system of the future.
“Vauxhall-Opel has more than 20 years of experience in developing hydrogen fuel technology which offers zero emissions-in-use, a long driving range and ultra-fast refuelling.
“We are already in contact with UK fleet operators that want to go the extra mile on sustainability and we look forward to bringing Vivaro-e Hydrogen to the UK soon.”
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen will be assembled at Vauxhall/Opel’s Research and Development Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Vauxhall, alongside Total, Stellantis, Opel and Mercedes-Benz have joined together to create the “Automotive Cells Company” (ACC).
With this partnership, the firms hope to create a world-class player in the field of developing and producing high-performance batteries for the automotive industry.