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Could Stellantis close Ellesmere Port and Luton van factories?

June 25, 2024

Stellantis electric van production site could be at risk, according to Stellantis UK group MD, Maria Grazia Davino.  

Ellesmere Port is currently an electrification hub for production of the Citroen E-Berlingo, Fiat E-Doblo, Peugeot E-Partner and Vauxhall Combo Electric

Speaking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) annual summit, Davino said the site near Liverpool as well as Vauxhall’s factory in Luton could be in jeopardy if more wasn’t done by government to increase demand for zero emission vehicles. 

The decision to halt production at one or both sites could come as soon as a year. 

Davino said: “Stellantis UK does not stop, but Stellantis production in the UK could stop.”

Electric van production is due to start in Luton next year when it will make the medium sized electric vans in the group which include the Citroen E-Dispatch, Fiat E-Scudo, Peugeot E-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric

“We have undertaken big investments in Ellesmere Port and in Luton, with more to come. If this market becomes hostile to us, we will enter an evaluation for producing elsewhere,” Davino explained. 

The UK government has set a goal to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 - initially their plan was to introduce the ban in 2030.

With all parties currently on the campaign trail ahead of the 4 July general election, key climate change messages and how future governments will tackle them have become an important manifesto element. 

Increasing threats from the EU to impose tariffs on Chinese built vehicles is also causing unrest in the industry.

After an EU indication that costly tariffs could be imposed on Chinese manufacturers - that would include Maxus and models including the recently launched Maxus eDeliver 5 and Maxus eDeliver 7 - several European manufacturers chastised the idea, including global Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares. 

Written by: thevanreviewer 

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