Wrexham's Coleg Cambria has welcomed the news that Ellesmere Port has been confirmed as the site of Europe’s first dedicated electric vehicle factory.

The £100 million investment announced by Vauxhall’s parent company, Stellantis, secures the future of the site in Cheshire, which had been questioned after post-Brexit trading arrangements.

The factory will now focus on making electric vehicles as the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles comes into force in 2030 in the UK.

In April, Wrexham's Coleg Cambria announced the launch of Wales' first electric and hybrid vehicle mechanics' training centre.

The college is planning to unveil its innovative training facility ahead of the 2020/21 academic year.

Now,it hopes the positive news for Ellesmere Port across the border is a positive sign for the industry.

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Welcoming the news, Alex Woodward, Automotive Trainer Mentor at Coleg Cambria told The National: "The news coming from Ellesmere port is excellent.

"It not only means more jobs for the motor vehicle manufacturing sector but it will have a knock on effect for the repair and maintenance side of the industry.

"Hopefully it will encourage smaller garages to retrain their staff and move forward with the new technologies that the sector is faced with.

"This is big news for North Wales and Cheshire and will require our workforce to develop new skills.

"Coleg Cambria is ideally situated to deal with that side of things. On top of that, it is great news for careers and employment in the midst of the Covid pandemic."

The plant at Ellesmere Port opened in 1962, with the first cars, the Vauxhall Viva, rolling off the production line two years later and 5.2 million vehicles built since.

Stellantis had been reviewing its options for the Cheshire site, which included building electric cars there or possible closure.

Up to 7,000 workers in the supply chain rely on the plant for their livelihoods, according to the Unite union.

Now, the £100 million investment will see the production of cars from Stellantis’ firms, including Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroen..

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