Three brands of the Stellantis group, namely Citroën, Opel and Peugeot, they will remove the diesel versions of their compact and medium sized vans. On the European market, therefore, starting from January 2022, there will only be electric vans as regards the Citroën Berlingo, Opel Combo Life and Peugeot Rifter models; Citroën Jumpy Combi / SpaceTourer, Opel Vivaro / Zafira Life and Peugeot Expert / Traveler.
Citroën said on Thursday that the decision was made to ensure the future profitability of the two models and to make sure the Stellantis brand is able to follow its emissions targets. Obviously, the tremendous decline in diesel on the European market weighs heavily. The CEO of the French brand, Vincent Cobee, said that the all-electric versions will be just as good: “Without compromising on space or utility, which are the main reason for purchasing these models, we are confident in the ability of e-Berlingo and e-SpaceTourer to meet the numerous needs of our customers.“.
This strategy concerns private vehicles for Europe, while fuel-powered versions will continue to be available on utility versions and for non-European destinations. Given the production situation, the latest orders placed in 2021 for the fuel-powered versions of Citroën vehicles will be delivered in Europe in the year 2022.
Linda Jackson, CEO of Peugeot, said: “75% of our passenger cars and 100% of our commercial vehicles are already available with an electrified powertrain, and demand is constantly growing“. Confidence in the electricity market is also high thanks to the presence, in various countries, of purchase incentives that will lead many commercial customers to renew their car fleet, giving a more ecological image of their business. Furthermore, there is equally strong hope that infrastructures will follow this market trend hand in hand, so as to automatically feed the electricity segment even where incentives are not there or are reduced (for example, in Italy).
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