PSA-owned Opel/Vauxhall is planning an all-electric version of its Vivaro panel van for launch in 2020.
The news came amid an update from the company on its electrification plans. The company will launch two electrified models in the first half of next year – the battery electric version of the new Corsa and the Grandland X SUV as plug-in hybrid. “Opel is going electric!” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “We made this announcement at the presentation of our PACE! strategic plan and now we are delivering.”
In a statement Lohscheller promised a competitive price for the electric Corsa: “The new Corsa will make electro-mobility affordable for many customers, it will be a real electric car for the people,” he said.
The Grandland X plug-in hybrid, which Opel will produce at the German Eisenach plant, will have a hybrid propulsion system that will develop the equivalent of up to 300 hp and comes along with an ‘e-All Wheel Drive’ technology.
The new Vivaro midsize van will also be available as a battery electric vehicle in 2020; and the next-generation of the successful Mokka sub-compact SUV, which goes into production in 2020, will also include a fully electrified version. “We are putting maximum effort into the electrification of our portfolio,” says Lohscheller.