Huge EV investment secures Ellesmere Port future

The future of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant has been secured with a £100m investment from Stellantis and the commitment to turn the plant into an electric vehicle manufacturing centre.

Supported by government investment, Stellantis has pledged to transform the plant to produce electric models in both commercial and passenger versions for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands by the end of next year.

The investment will secure more than 1,000 jobs at the factory, as well as thousands more in the supply chain.

Carlos Tavares, chief executive Officer at Stellantis, said: Performance is always the trigger for sustainability and this £100m investment demonstrates our commitment to the UK and to Ellesmere Port. Producing battery electric vehicles here will support clean, safe and affordable mobility for the citizens. Since 1903 Vauxhall has manufactured vehicles in Britain and we will continue to do so.

UK government, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Ellesmere Port’s proud tradition in auto manufacturing will continue for many years to come thanks to today’s investment. Stellantis’ decision to double down on their commitment to this site is a clear vote of confidence in the UK as one of the best locations globally for competitive, high-quality automotive production.

“Today’s decision will not only power Ellesmere Port into a clean future, but will secure thousands of jobs across the region in the supply chain. In this global race to secure electric vehicle production, we are proud to support Britain’s auto sector in this crucial transition as we work to build back better.”