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Vauxhall Goes Electric in Luton: A-Level Business In The News

Mike Mills

29th February 2024

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What's the story?

Vauxhall has announced plans to start producing electric vans and other electric vehicles at its factory in Luton from 2025. This decision secures the long-term future of the plant and its 1,500 workers after concerns last year related to Brexit bureaucracy.

The company will begin making its medium-sized Vivaro Electric van before summer 2025. Electric models from other Stellantis brands like Citroën, Peugeot and Fiat will also be manufactured at the Luton site.

The Luton factory's director said this was a fitting way to celebrate the site's 120 year anniversary. Production of the Vauxhall Combo Electric recently began at the company's plant in Ellesmere Port.

Stellantis's managing director for the UK said the plan shows their confidence in the Luton factory. But she added that the British government needs to encourage more demand for electric vehicles and help manufacturers investing in the UK to allow the transition to electric vehicles.

The Luton plant first opened in 1905 and started assembling its first commercial vehicles in 1932. The VYC and VXC panel vans were the first models built there.

Vauxhall goes electric in Luton

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Mike Mills

Mike is an experienced Head of Department, teacher and A-level Business examiner. Mike is also a popular presenter on tutor2u CPD courses and student workshops.

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