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Vauxhall confirms two new electric vehicles

Vauxhall has announced that two new EVs will go on sale by the end of 2020 to sit alongside the forthcoming e-Corsa.

The new models set to be pure-electric are the new Mokka X crossover, and the Luton-built Vivaro van – with the production of both starting in 2019.

The manufacturer is currently a step behind other volume carmakers, with no electrified vehicles currently offered in the UK. Its sister brand Opel, however, offers a plug-in hybrid Ampera-e in other markets.

Earlier this year Vauxhall announced its aims of transforming into an electric car brand over the coming years, with aims to offer a hybrid or electric powertrain on all its models by 2024, alongside combustion engines.

A plug-in hybrid variant of the Grandland X crossover is expected next year, as well as a fully-electric version of the next generation Corsa – to be unveiled next year as well.

Speaking about the e-Corsa, the firm said: “The Corsa is arguably the UK’s best known automotive nameplate, and we’re promising to bring the [electric] model to market at a competitive price.”

No further details have been unveiled about the forthcoming electric Mokka X and Vivaro, although the Mokka will be built on the PSA Group (Vauxhall’s owners) CMP platform, which currently underpins certain Peugeot, Citroen and DS models. It will likely feature the same battery pack as the new DS 3 Crossback, which has a real-world range of 186 miles.

The Vivaro is expected to be at the forefront of the group’s electric van offensive, with further pure-electric Peugeot and Citroen commercial vehicles expected in the coming years.

Ted Welford

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December 7, 2018

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