First-ever electric Corsa to bring 330km range

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Opel/Vauxhall has taken the next step in plans to electrify its fleet with the reveal of the electric Corsa.

Opel Corsa-e

Unveiled just days after the brand took the wraps off the Grandland X PHEV, the Corsa-e goes on sale later this year as Opel/Vauxhall plans for an electrified version of every model in its range by 2024, including the forthcoming new Mokka X and Vivaro models in 2020, as first revealed in its PACE! post-takeover turnaround plans announced two years ago.

The Corsa-e is built on the same platform as the Peugeot e-208 and also features a 50kWh battery – guaranteed for eight years – that brings 136hp of power, a 0-100kph time of 8.1 seconds and up to an official 330km provisional WLTP range, compared to 340km for the Peugeot.  Drivers can choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport.

It’s equipped for all charging options – via cable, wallbox or high-speed charging – and the battery is covered by an eight-year warranty.

The new Corsa – which will be five-door only and will also be available in conventional petrol and diesel forms – will mark Opel’s small car debut of its IntelliLux LED matrix light technology and will additionally get advanced driver assistance systems including Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist – also a Corsa-first – Side Blind Spot Alert, Drowsiness Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. The Corsa-e also offers two emergency braking systems and park assist technology.

On-board equipment includes the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems ranging from the Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi with seven-inch colour touchscreen, to the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro with 10-inch colour touchscreen, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and featuring control via integrated voice recognition.

They also offer the new Opel Connect telematics service, which offers functions, such as Live Navigation with real-time traffic information, key vehicle data checking via an app, direct connection with roadside assistance and emergency call.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.