Vauxhall's supermini goes electric thanks to new PSA underpinnings shared with the Peugeot 208e
A pure-electric version of the next-generation Vauxhall Corsa has been revealed. When it goes on sale in the UK in 2020, the Corsa-e will be the first new product produced by Vauxhall since it came under the ownership of Peugeot-Citroen (PSA). It will also launch the brand’s strategic push towards the electrified and all-electric market.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e sits on broadly the same underpinnings as the recently-released Peugeot e-208, using a platform called e-CMP. That means a 50kWh battery pack and a 134bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, coming together for a maximum range of 211 miles on a single charge. Three drive modes are present: Normal, Eco and Sport.
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Vauxhall claims that the 211 mile figure is taken from the car in Normal mode, while sport unlocks maximum performance in trade for around 10 per cent – or 21 miles – of the maximum range. Eco mode turns all of the car’s systems towards maximising range, with Vauxhall claiming a 40 per cent advance over the range you’ll find in Sport mode. Do a bit of hasty maths, and it means that the Corsa-e has an unofficial maximum claimed range of 266 miles – though that’s not a figure Vauxhall itself claims.
An 80 per cent top-up of the battery takes 30 minutes using a 100kW rapid charger, while an 11kW charger for home use is included as standard.
Final specs are forthcoming but the Corsa-e will feature new driver assistance technology. Lane keep assist will be offered on the Corsa for the first time, alongside traffic sign recognition, blind spot assist and adaptive cruise control. Safety tech and assistance features include automatic emergency braking, automatic parking assistant and a rear view camera.
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Compared to internal combustion powered versions of the newcomer, which have not been revealed or detailed, we anticipate that the Corsa-e’s design is almost indentical save for a few small touches marking it out as the all-electric version.
first deliveries for the Corsa-e look set to take place in April 2020, a few months after internal combustion versions of the car. Prices for the all-electric Corsa should start from around £25,000.
In addition to the pure-electric Corsa, Vauxhall-Opel plans to offer an electrified variant of every model in its range by 2024, with a further four such models set to launch by 2020. Two of these will be fully electric in the form of a battery powered versions of the next Mokka and Vivaro. The British brand has already revealed its first plug-in hybrid model, the Grandland X Hybrid4, which shares its underpinnings with the new DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4.
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