Automobile brands Citroën, Peugeot, and Vauxhall have reportedly cut prices of their electric MPVs, after having removed their more affordable combustion variants from their portfolio, to make the EV offerings appear more attractive to customers.
Part of the automotive corporation Stellantis, the three carmakers will be removing all ICE versions of MPVs from sale in Europe as part of the group’s shift towards all-electric power.
The decision was announced in separate statements by Peugeot, Citroën, and Vauxhall; with its sister brand Opel, which sell the technically identical MPV models; Combo, Berlingo, and Partner respectively.
Following the price cuts, the ë-Berlingo will now start at £29,495 ($40,160) in the UK, after applying the UK government’s EV grant of £1500 ($2042), while its larger model, ë-Spacetourer, will start from £30,295 ($41,249).
Vauxhall will also be cutting prices by almost £3000 ($4084), making the Combo-e Life’s starting price £29,610 ($40,316) with the plug-in EV grant, while its larger variant Vivaro-e Life will begin from £30,295 ($41,249).
The three car maker’s mid-sized MPVs, such as Citroën’s Spacetourer, Peugeot’s Rifter, and Vauxhall’s Vivaro Life, will also go all-electric in the selected markets.
Customers outside of the EU, including Switzerland and Balkan states, will still be able to buy combustion variants, Stellantis added.
Citroën also stated that its converter partners, who configure the Berlingo and Spacetourer models for disabled customers, will be able to order the combustion-powered models regardless.
Describing the decision as a bold move, Citroën said that it will benefit customers and the environment, adding that the decision is a responsible approach by an activist brand in asserting its energy transition commitment.
Peugeot, which has been pushing hard towards EV shift, has offered all of its commercial vehicle line-ups with powertrain electrification, while 75 percent of its passenger car models are available as EVs.
Linda Jackson, CEO of Peugeot, said that every sixth vehicle the company sold in Europe last year was electrified, which became one in five by November, showing the fast-growing demand for EVs.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the co-founder of Stellantis which also sells its own small and mid-sized MPV models, has not yet issued a statement regarding the matter.