With the all-new, sixth generation Corsa, Opel – or Vauxhall – is offering for the first time a battery-electric version with a range of 330 kilometres. The automaker has chosen the brand’s most popular model to finally bring electric mobility out of its niche-existence.
And why not? The Opel Corsa is by far the best-selling model under the automaker, with more than 13.6 million units produced since the model’s premiere in 1982. The sixth-generation Corsa will kick off its order book in a few weeks, starting with the electric variant – a strong statement for the brand’s zero-emission charge.
The new Corsa-e offers state-of-the-art electric mobility. With a range of 330 km according to WLTP1, the five-seat Corsa-e is suitable for unconstrained every-day use. The 50 kWh battery can be fast-charged to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes. The Corsa-e is prepared for all charging options – via cable, wall box or high-speed charging – and the battery is covered by an eight-year warranty. The state-of-charge can be checked with the ‘myOpel’ app, so that charging times and costs can be optimised at all times.
Furthermore, the range can be adapted by the driver, who can choose from three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport. Sport increases responsiveness and driving dynamics, with a moderate loss of driving range. In Eco mode the Corsa-e becomes a long-distance runner, significantly increasing the range while hardly affecting comfort.
The Corsa-e’s propulsion system combines emission-free driving with a maximum “fun-to-drive” factor. Thanks to the 100kW (136hp) power output and a maximum 260 Nm of instant torque, the Corsa-e needs only 2.8 seconds to sprint from zero to 50 km/h, only 8.1 seconds from zero to 100 km/h – a match for sports cars.
“It is no coincidence that our first pure electric model of the new generation is a Corsa, our most popular nameplate and one of the bestselling cars in Europe”, said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The Corsa-e not only makes electric mobility more practical and convenient, but also more accessible.”