Opel discontinues non-electric versions of its MPV models

Opel Combo-e Life

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In a statement of intent regarding its commitment to an electric future, Opel has announced that it will no longer sell internal combustion engined versions of its Opel Combo Life, Vivaro Combi and Zafira Life models, focusing instead on 100% electric versions of its MPV models. 

Opel has stated its intent to sell only battery-electric vehicles in Europe from 2028. As it  transitions towards full electrification, it will offer eleven electrified models by mid-2022, including the soon-to-arrive plug-in electric hybrid Grandland and a plug-in hybrid version of the new Astra. A fully electric version of the Astra, the Astra-e, will follow in 2023.

Outlining the Stellantis Group brand’s plans, Opel CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz said: ”There is no alternative to electrification. From 2024, we will offer an electrified version of every Opel model, without exception. In other words, the successors to Crossland and Insignia will also be electrified.”

The Opel Combo-e Life and the Zafira-e Life are powered by a 100 kW/136 hp electric motor, with the Combo-e-Life offering a range of up to 280 kilometres from its 50 kWh lithium-ion battery. With seating for up to nine people, the Zafira-e Life comes with a choice of a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery giving a range of up to 230 kilometres, or a 75 kWh battery where up to 330 kilometres is possible on a single charge.