Opel plans on launching a total of eight electrified vehicles “as early as 2021”, the company has announced.
The car manufacturer’s introduction of new electrified models forms a key part of its ‘PACE!’ company plan that will see its entire product portfolio become electrified by 2024.
“We will electrify our entire product portfolio by 2024. Further models will follow very soon after we made the start with the Corsa-e and the Grandland X Hybrid4 this year,” Opel chief executive Michael Lohscheller said.
Two of the first new vehicles to launch as part of this electrified offensive will be a battery-electric version of the Vivaro transporter and an all-electric version of the successor to the Mokka X. In addition, Opel will launch electric versions of the both the Combo and Combo Life before the Zafira Life becomes available with an electric variant of its own.
One particularly important new electric vehicle from Opel will be a future derivative of the next-generation Astra.
“This product portfolio will put us in an excellent position to meet the ambitious future emission targets in Europe,” Lohscheller added. “Electro-mobility is an indispensable component in this. But our ultra-modern and efficient combustion engines and research into fuel cells at the Rüsselsheim-based Centre of Competence will also make an important contribution to making our company sustainable and future-proof.”
The broader PSA Group, which of course owns Opel, intends on electrifying its Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall brands by 2025. This will see every single one of its models developed from 2019 onwards updated to offer fully-electric or hybrid versions.