Vauxhall continues to push ahead with its large-scale electrification strategy. By 2021 the company plans to offer a total of eight electrified vehicles in important volume segments with the goal of electrification of its entire portfolio of vehicles by 2024, which is an ambitious move by any stretch but a key pillar of Vauxhall’s PACE! company plan.
Vauxhall/Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said: “We will electrify our entire product portfolio by 2024. Further models will follow very soon after we made the start with the Corsa-e and the Grandland X Hybrid4 this year.”
“This product portfolio will put us in an excellent position to meet the ambitious future emission targets in Europe. Electro-mobility is an indispensable component in this. But our ultra-modern and efficient combustion engines and research into fuel cells at the Rüsselsheim-based Centre of Competence will also make an important contribution to making our company sustainable and future-proof.”
2020 will see a battery electric version of the Vivaro van introduced and added to Vauxhall’s electric line-up, as well as an electric version of the Mokka X successor. Electric variants of the Combo and Combo Life as well as an electric version of the Vivaro Life will be added in 2021. Vauxhall’s new portfolio will also include an electrified version of the next generation Astra.
Currently, Vauxhall offers the all new Corsa-e (BEV) and Grandland x Hybrid4 (PHEV), with the Corsa-e achieving a range of up to 205 miles on a single charge. The Grandland x is a plug-in Hybrid which has a 35 mile electric range and delivers an impressive 204mpg. It also has a combined power output of 300hp from its petrol engine and two electric motors.
The Corse-e will charge to 80% capacity within 30 minutes, whilst the Grandland x will charge in just under 2 hours with a 7.4kW wallbox.
For more information on Vauxhall’s electric and plug-in vehicles please visit: www.vauxhall.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Vauxhall UK