Vauxhall/Opel sets environmental PACE

PACE, the programme to make the carmaker ready for future challenges has received a positive update from Vauxhall/Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller: “PACE! works! Vauxhall/Opel will be sustainably profitable, electric and global. This is something every employee can be proud of.”

Although the programme cover costs and structuring, it also has far-reaching environmental targets, with the CO2 target set to be met with an increasing level of electrification. Now a part of Groupe PSA, the carmaker will have access to the parent’s platforms and propulsion technologies and will allow extensive electrification of the Vauxhall portfolio. Four vehicles will be electrified in 2020. This includes the new Corsa in a pure battery electric variant, along with the Grandland X PHEV – Vauxhall’s first plug-in hybrid.

The company will bring a total of eight new models to market in the next two years. There will be an electric version of every Vauxhall model by 2024. “This offensive will strongly contribute to meeting the strict CO2 limits set by the EU,” said Lohscheller. Charging infrastructure is a key enabler for the development of electrification. Therefore, Opel will contribute to a charging infrastructure project at the company’s headquarters together with partners such as the city of Rüsselsheim.

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