STELLANTIS is gearing up its Luton plant to start building medium electric vans from H1 2025 with ramp up starting in spring that year.

It will mean that Luton – traditionally home to the Vivaro – will be the the second Stellantis plant in the UK to manufacture electric vehicles (EV). This follows the start of EV production at Ellesmere Port in 2023 – the UK’s first electric-only volume manufacturing plant. 

According to Stellantis, Luton will produce the fully electric Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, Opel Vivaro Electric, Peugeot E-Expert, Citroën ë-Dispatch and Fiat Professional E-Scudo in both right and left-hand drive, although output will be mainly for the UK market.

“Whilst this decision demonstrates Stellantis’ confidence in the plant, this first step in its re-development towards a fully electric future requires the UK Government to stimulate more demand in the electric vehicle market and support manufacturers that invest in the UK for a sustainable transition.”

Opened in 1905, Luton has been building Vauxhall models for more than a century. The first commercial vehicles were assembled at the plant in 1932, with panel vans ‘VYC’ and ‘VXC’ the first to roll off the production line.

Since then, Luton has continued to produce a range of popular commercial vehicles for Vauxhall including, since 2001, production of the Vivaro. The plant also manufactures sister Stellantis models for Peugeot, Citroën, Opel and Fiat Professional.

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