Vauxhall to become a purely electric brand by 2028

Vauxhall has committed to becoming a purely electric brand by 2028, seven years ahead of the UK Government deadline.

The manufacturer’s lineup already boasts 12 electrified models, with its entire Light Commercial Vehicle line-up already available as fully electric.

The company has previously said there will be an electrified variant of every model by 2024, but Vauxhall has now gone one step further and committed to becoming a 100% pure electric brand from 2028, seven years ahead of the Government’s 2035 deadline.

The All-New Astra, already available with plug-in hybrid technology, will be available as a fully electric version from 2023 in both hatch (Astra-e) and estate (Astra-e Sport Tourer) guises, and by mid-decade, Vauxhall will also reinvent the Manta as a purely electric car.

The successors of the Vauxhall Crossland and Vauxhall Insignia will also be electric, it has confirmed.

In order to achieve these targets, Vauxhall-Opel, along with partners Total/Saft, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis, founded the Automotive Cells Company (ACC) for the production of high-performance batteries, which will begin in 2025.

In addition, the partners announced that they would increase ACC’s industrial capacity in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to up to 32 GWh.

With its plans for a fully electrified vehicle lineup, Vauxhall is targeting driving ranges of between 310 miles (500km) and 497 miles (800km) and a best-in-class rapid-charging capability of 20 miles (32km) per minute.

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