Vauxhall’s parent company will announce plans to build electric vans at its Ellesmere Port factory, according to reports.
Stellantis, the auto conglomerate, was due to hold a press conference on Tuesday to confirm the plan, the BBC reported.
the Financial Time also signaled Stellantis’ apparent intentions.
The future of production at Ellesmere Port has been questioned, along with the 1,000 or so jobs there.
Currently, the plant makes Vauxhall’s Astra model, but Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares warned earlier this year that Britain’s 2030 ban on new diesel and gasoline cars could jeopardize its future.
According to the BBC, Stellantis’ investment plans are worth hundreds of millions of pounds and follow negotiations with the UK government.
Last week, Nissan announced the establishment of a massive new electric vehicle and battery factory in Sunderland, partly subsidized by Westminster.
“It is no secret that governments around the world are looking to attract what is a unique opportunity,” Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said at the time.
“So it’s widely understood, and the UK government has been involved in conversations like this.”
The independent has contacted Stellantis for comment.
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