Stellantis to make electric vans in Luton from 2025

Automotive manufacturer Stellantis will start production of electric vans at its Luton plant from the first half of 2025.

The factory will become the second Stellantis site in UK to manufacture electric vehicles, after Ellesmere Port launched EV-only volume manufacturing last year.

Workers in 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.

Production of the equivalent internal combustion engine-powered models will continue alongside the electric versions.

The Luton plant opened in 1905 and has been making vans since 1932.

Announcing its plans for Luton, Stellantis called for more government support to help drive the transition to electric vehicles.

“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,” said Maria Grazia Davino, group managing director of Stellantis UK.

Stellantis aims for all of its vehicles to be electric-only by 2028.

Brands owned by Stellantis include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, Vauxhall, Free2move and Leasys.