Stellantis is in talks with the UK government concerning the Vauxhall manufacturing site at Ellesmere Port as its future remains uncertain.

Sources close to the project confirmed to just-auto comments made by Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Michael Loscheller to Bloomberg: “At this stage these discussions are productive but not conclusive,” noted the Vauxhall chief.

The factory in North West England produces the current Astra model, but Vauxhall parent company, Stellantis, has yet to decide on whether to make the next generation model at the Ellesmere Port plant.

The plant employs around 1,000 people directly and has been operating on a single shift in recent years.

Stellantis is said to have concerns surrounding potential conditions for electric vehicle production at the plant – particularly in the light of the UK government’s decision to ban sales of ICE light vehicles in Britain from 2030.

“It is more [about] resources,” added the source, “but the company is happy with what is being proposed. We have had [discussions] and we are still having them. It is [about] the surety of these promises.”

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