Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall today confirmed that their MPV models will be sold separately with electric powertrains as mainstream brands destroy fossil fuel engines for their large family cars.
Examples of multi-purpose vehicles – primarily targeted at customers who want to comfortably carry five or more people at a time – are no longer sold with petrol or diesel engines, and consumers have no choice but to switch to battery power.
Of the six MPV models available now with only battery power, the fully charged driving grades are offered between 143 and 174 miles.
Brands – all of which are part of the Stellantis Group – have adjusted the prices to make these electric vehicles more affordable, costing less than £ 30,000, including the government’s £ 1,500 EV grant.
Stalantis boots its MPVs for combustion engines: Citroen (£ 30,295 e-spaceTourer image), brands have confirmed on Monday that Peugeot and Vauxhall will no longer sell their large family cars with petrol or diesel engines.
The decision will accelerate Stellantis’ electrification plan with three brands aiming to have an electric version of each model in their showrooms by 2024 and a conversion to a fully electric line-up by 2028.
This move affects markets across Europe, and only business customers in Switzerland and the Balkans will be able to purchase these vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.
Customers who use the mobility scheme designed for disabled users will still be able to order modified versions – which can be modified for wheelchair access – with combustion engines.
With the elimination of more affordable combustion driven models, the Citroen e-Burlingo is the lowest cost example, starting at £ 29,495, including a £ 1,500 plug-in cart grant.
Citroen says the French manufacturer’s largest e-spacetourer is priced at £ 30,295 – though the C4 Spacesurger remains on the market with an internal combustion engine.
Vauxhall has cut the price of its two MPV cars by £ 3,000, reduced the price of the Combo-E from £ 29,610 and the larger Vivaro-E Life from £ 30,295.
Separate statements issued by each brand have confirmed their mechanically identical MPV models – all based on vans – are all electric, including the Peugeot Rifter and Traveler in Britain and much of Europe.
The official maximum single-charge driving ranges for each are between 143 and 147 miles – though in the real world these distances are shorter.
The £ 29,495 Citroen e-Berlingo (pictured) offers a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack with an official range of 174 miles. The largest e-SpaceTourer has a range of 143 miles. The French brand says this is not enough for ‘most daily trips to be completely worry-free’
With its 50kWh battery with a 174-mile WLTP range, Combo-E Life is ‘the widest and most practical family lifestyle vehicle,’ says Vauxhall. Five-seat prices start at £ 29,610 and the seven-seat version starts at £ 30,110
Vauxhall’s larger Vivaro-E Life has a range of 143 miles, with its mechanically similar sister model, Citroen E-SpaceTourer. Its price is £ 30,295 with a £ 1,500 plug-in car grant
The Peugeot’s e-reflector (left) can be specified as a five- or seven-seater model. Powered by a 50kWh battery, it can run for up to 172 miles on a single charge. Large e-Traveler (right) – Available for up to eight seats – Up to 148 miles between fares
Citroen described moving away from combustion engines as ‘bold action’ that would ‘benefit consumers and the environment’.
“This decision is a result of the brand’s responsible approach to the future of mobility, its desire to accelerate its energy conversion strategy and to provide solutions to customers in line with future trends.”
Paul Wilcox, Managing Director at Vauxhall UK, added: ‘Vauxhall has set a clear ambition to only move to electric by 2028 and this is another step in that journey.
“We are focused on making sure that the benefits of electric are available to British motorists as much as possible and at affordable prices.”
Julie David from Peugeot said the decision demonstrates Mark’s commitment to electrification.
“We already offer a full electric van across our entire LCV [Light Commercial Vehicle} portfolio, so with our award-winning MPV range now exclusively available as electric vehicles, we’re catering for the growing demand for zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles.’
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