Starting this year, the Stellantis brands Peugeot, Citroen and Opel will sell exclusively battery-powered versions of their compact and midsize minivans in Europe, ditching petrol and diesel options.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to InsideEVs.
The decision of the concern affected the “heels” of Citroen Berlingo, Opel Combo Life, Peugeot Rifter and minibuses Citroen Jumpy / SpaceTourer, Opel Vivaro / Zafira Life, Peugeot Expert / Traveler.
From now on, they are all sold in Europe only in electric versions with the prefix “e” in the name. So, for example, the passenger Citroen e-Berlingo will be offered only with a 136-horsepower electric motor and a 50 kWh battery, the full charge of which will be enough for 280 km of run on the WLTP cycle.
The refusal in the European market from versions with internal combustion engines is another step towards the complete electrification of the model range, but at this stage it will lead to a drop in sales due to a sharp increase in prices. But it was Stellantis that became the leader in the European segment of light commercial vehicles (LCV) in 2020, and Citroen Berlingo turned out to be the best-selling heel in the segment.
There were, however, loopholes. Corporate customers can still order vehicles with internal combustion engines. As do private buyers in most countries outside the EU and the UK, including Switzerland and the Balkans.
No one can prevent the French from driving to Greece and buying there for their hard-earned euros the longed-for Citroen Berlingo with a 1.5-liter diesel engine with a capacity of 102 horsepower, or a Jumpy with a 180-horsepower engine on heavy fuel with a volume of two liters. And ride it to fumigate native spaces.