Compact and medium-sized passenger vans from Citroën, Peugeot and Opel are expected to switch to pure electric power this year.
The Stellantis Group has announced that it plans to stop selling compact and medium-sized passenger vans from Citroën, Peugeot and Opel, which have a petrol or diesel engine under the hood, this year. Customers will thus remain dependent on electricity only.
According to Autonews Europe, the group’s decision should cover, for example, the Citroën Berlingo, Jumpy and Space Tourer models, the Peugeot Rifter, Expert and Travelers, as well as the Opel Combo, Vivaro and Zafira Live. However, there is already an electrical alternative for all these models.
Fortunately, the sales restrictions on these models with internal combustion engines do not apply to utility versions for professional or commercial use, which will be available with both electric motors and internal combustion engines. In addition, the decision does not apply to non-EU countries, at least the United Kingdom, where there is not such a strong emphasis on eliminating emissions.
The individual brands within the Stellantis group commented on the decision separately, but generally indicated that the transition to pure electric propulsion should ensure the future of these models.
Citroën, for example, should have mentioned in its decision that due to the less aerodynamic design and high weight, these types of machines, ie MPVs and compact / small vans, are more fuel-intensive, which makes versions with internal combustion engines less interesting and important. However, it is worth mentioning that practically all brands are already preparing for purely electric mobility within Europe.
At the same time, it will be very interesting to watch how the group’s decision is signed on sales. According to the CarScoops website, according to JATO Dynamics, Stellantis Group’s personal deliveries enjoyed relatively high popularity in 2021, with most of the units sold being models with internal combustion engines.
Not only the significantly higher range and faster refueling, but also the price difference play in favor of the classic concept. While the classic Peugeot Rifter cost CZK 410,000 (in August 2018) when entering the Czech market and the last price list found (from 1.12.2021) set the basic price from CZK 479,000, the e-Rifter model is now sold for CZK 840,000.