Feb 24, 2021

Vauxhall: Crunch talks to save Ellesmere Port plant continue

Talks to secure the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant will continue after no firm decision was taken on Wednesday. Continue production of internal combustion engine-powered cars - with the possible addition of a new hatchback model - for the short-term until the prospect of the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 makes the plant obsolete within a few years. Secure the plant's long-term future by committing to making a new generation of electric cars in the North West. While number three is obviously the outcome the government and unions would prefer, it requires confidence that the UK will be able to build the necessary battery production facilities to service this and other UK car plants. Carlos Tavares referred to the "Brutal" decision for the UK government to bring forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030 and said it might make more sense to move future electric production closer to its biggest market in the EU. Government officials are aware that the future of car production in the UK depends on a rapid scaling up of battery production and it is widely hoped Chancellor Rishi Sunak will address the issue in his Budget speech next Wednesday, which is coincidentally the same day that Stellantis announce their annual results and operating review.

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