Luton – Vauxhall was the UK’s best-selling electric Light Commercial Vehicle (e-LCV) manufacturer in 2021, according to the latest sales and registrations figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Vauxhall sold 2,916 e-LCVs in 2021, up a huge 984 per cent on last year, outperforming the market that was up by 136 per cent. It is now one of the few manufacturers able to offer fleets and business customers an electric van across its entire LCV line-up, with the All-New Combo-e compact van completing the brand’s offering after going on sale last year.
Sales success last year was underpinned by the multiple award winning all-electric Vivaro-e, the best-selling model in the e-LCV sector in 2021. Vauxhall’s LCV retail market share, sales to retail and small business customers, grew by 4.58 percentage points from 6.2 per cent in 2020 to 10.78 per cent in 2021, more than any other LCV manufacturer.
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “As a British brand, I’m proud to see Vauxhall is leading the electrification of the UK van market with our multiple award-winning Vivaro-e. Vauxhall is all about democratising access to electrified vehicles and, with the All-New Combo-e, Vivaro-e and All-New Movano-e now available to order, we offer an all-electric version of each of our vans, further helping to reduce in-use emissions and bring the lower running costs and user experience of driving electric to even more businesses.”
The Vivaro-e 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-e was also voted ‘International Van of the Year 2021’, alongside multiple other top honours.
With a WLTP range of up to 205 miles and a maximum payload of up to 1,226kg, the new Vivaro-e is at the forefront of Vauxhall’s commitment to electrification, as the brand continues its electric vehicle expansion with the goal of offering an electrified variant across its model line-up by 2024, and to offer only fully electric cars and vans in the UK by 2028.
The Combo-e has also won several high profile awards including ‘Van of the Year’ at the What Car? Van and Commercial Vehicle of the Year Awards, ‘Electric Van of the Year’ at the What Van? Awards 2022 and ‘Best Small Electric Van’ at the Driving Electric Awards 2022. With a WLTP range of up to 171 miles, the Combo-e has a 4.4m3 load volume and a maximum payload of up to 803kg.
Last year, Stellantis announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site for a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing. Ellesmere Port will become the first Stellantis plant to produce a solely battery-electric model, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of this year, including the Combo-e and Combo-e Life, for both domestic and export markets. Vauxhall is also adding the Vivaro-e Hydrogen to its all-electric van range from 2023.