Opel and Vauxhall will transition to all-electric line-ups for Europe by 2028, the Stellantis-owned sister companies have announced. By 2024 every model from both manufacturers will be offered with the option of a hybrid or electric powertrain.
Further, Opel has also confirmed plans to revive its historic Manta sports car nameplate by the mid-2020s – potentially as a high-riding coupe SUV, previewed in render form – and re-enter the Chinese market for the first time since 2014.
“As of 2028, Opel will only offer electric cars in our core market … This clearly shows the commitment of the Opel brand to electric mobility,” said CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The future of the automotive industry is electric – and Opel is part of that. We are on a journey to reinventing Opel and transforming ourselves into a young, green and global brand.”
Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox said: “As of 2028, Vauxhall will only offer fully electric cars and vans in the UK … We are on a journey to reinvent Vauxhall and heading towards a net zero CO2 future – CO2 is the new currency in our industry.”
The two brands share a near-identical line-up, however Opel currently markets its cars primarily in continental Europe, while Vauxhall services the UK, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
Every Stellantis marque plotted out a roadmap to zero-emission line-ups at the conglomerate's 'EV Day' last week. The wider group pledged to invest US$35.6 billion (AU$50 billion) towards electric-vehicle research and development by 2025.