The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at why electrification is emerging as a viable option for light commercial vehicles, helped by a big push from European and local pollution regulations.
As with battery-electric passenger cars, sales of full-electric LCVs are currently tiny, but automakers are expanding their lineups and displaying futuristic delivery concepts. New players from Europe, Asia and major suppliers plan to enter the market. In some ways the sector is perfect for mass electrification, experts say. However, the relentless focus on cost by fleet owners and individual van buyers alike means that the price gap between internal combustion and electric powertrains is harder to overcome. We look at this pivotal sector in our cover story.
Light commercial vehicles are playing a bigger role at Opel/Vauxhall under PSA Group ownership. Responsibility for future product development for the entire group will take place at Opel’s technical center in Ruesselsheim. Tobias Stoever, senior manager for LCVs at Opel, discussed the changes.