Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall MPVs go all-electric

Vauxhall and Peugeot, all part of the car giant Stellantis have made it possible to make their multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) electric-only in Europe immediately.

All three brands produce a range small- and medium-sized van-based passenger MPVs. The electric versions have all been recently added to the lineup. Initially, these were sold alongside diesel-engined models. However, Citroen Peugeot and Vauxhall Opel have each confirmed that they will no longer be selling them.

These machines are the Citroen e-Berlingo, e-SpaceTourer and Vauxhall-Opel Combi Life and Vivaro Combi, as well as the Peugeot e-Rifter, e-Traveller and the Opel Zafira-e Life.

The current electric-only switch applies only to the UK, EU and other EU countries. However, the combustion-engined versions of the vehicles will continue to be available to customers in Switzerland and the Balkans. These models will be available in both ICE or EV form. This is due in part to strict emission standards set by the UK and EU.

The e-Berlingo/Combi Life/e–Rifter have a 100kW (134bhp), electric motor and a 50kWh lithium battery. This gives them a range of 174 mi. The larger e-SpaceTourer/Zafira-e Life, e-Traveller and e-Traveller can be seated up to nine people and have the same 100kW motor. You can choose from a 50kWh or 75kWh lithium-ion battery that will give you a range of up 205 miles.

These announcements are very encouraging news for Vauxhall’s Ellesmere port factory. Stellantis announced recently that it will be producing electric vans as well as MPVs.