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Five minutes with… James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall

02 February 2023 #Features & Interviews

Tell us about the sales figures for Vauxhall vans in the UK last year?

Vauxhall was the UK’s best-selling electric Light Commercial Vehicle (e-LCV) manufacturer in 2022, the second year in a row the brand has topped the sale charts, according to registration figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Last year, Vauxhall sold 5,038 e-LCVs, a rise of 73% from 2021. Vauxhall remains one of few manufacturers in the country able to offer fleets and buyers a fully electric van across its entire model line-up. The Vauxhall e-LCV line-up consists of the Combo Electric, Vivaro Electric, and Movano Electric.

What was key to this success?

The sales success was underpinned by the award-winning Vivaro Electric, which was the best-selling e-LCV in the UK for the second year running. Throughout 2022, Vauxhall sold 4,212 Vivaro Electric vehicles to both business and private customers.

What is the outlook for Vauxhall vans in 2023?

Electric van sales grew significantly in 2022, and will continue to grow this year, as more businesses and fleets look to cut their emissions and running costs. It’s a testament to the breadth and quality of our all-electric LCV range that the highest share of businesses and private buyers opted for an electric Vauxhall van for the second year in a row.

The Vivaro Electric has a long list of awards under its belt, including Medium Van of the Year at the What Van? Awards 2022 and Best Medium Electric Van at the Driving Electric Awards 2022. The Vivaro Electric was also voted International Van of the Year 2021, alongside multiple other top honours.

Available with a 50kWh or a 75kWh battery, the Vivaro Electric achieves a WLTP range of up to 205 miles from a single charge and comes with a maximum payload of up to 1,226kg.

How important is the UK to Vauxhall?

Vauxhall Motors started making vehicles in the UK in 1903. Today, as the oldest and most familiar of Britain’s automotive manufacturers, its philosophy is to build vehicles that are relevant to all. Vauxhall’s two manufacturing plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton produced 120,000 cars and vans in 2019, and its sales accounted for 7.5% of the UK market.

How important is vehicle electrification to parent company Stellantis?

Vauxhall is part of Stellantis NV, a global leader created for the new era of sustainable mobility as a result of the merger between Groupe PSA and FCA Group in January 2021. Vauxhall is a leader in electrification and it is one of the first manufacturers to offer fully electric versions of all its vans. By 2024, all Vauxhall cars and vans will be available with an electrified version. By 2028, Vauxhall has committed to only selling fully electric vehicles.

James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall

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