Vauxhall targets small sector with electric Corsa-e offer
Vauxhall is on a mission to democratise electric mobility. For the first time, Vauxhall is offering a battery-electric version of its best-selling small car. The all-new, sixth-generation Corsa, features a zero-emissions range of up to 209 miles (WLTP) and is available to order now, with prices starting from £27,665 on-the-road after Plugged-in Car Grant.
By 2024, Vauxhall will have an electrified version of every model in its vehicle range – with the Corsa-e the brand's first-ever all-electric vehicle.
The all-new Corsa-e features dynamic performance and a sporty design without compromising on comfort or practicality. IntelliLux LED matrix lights deliver world-class beam technology into the small car segment for the first time, while standard safety and driver assistance features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Available in two highly-specified trim levels – SE Nav and Elite Nav – the all-new Corsa-e comes standard with automatic climate control, electric parking brake and Keyless Entry & Go. Drivers also receive a 7-inch colour touchscreen and a digital cockpit as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for the ultimate in smartphone connectivity.
With a range of up to 209 miles under WLTP testing, the five-seat Corsa-e is ideal for everyday use. The 50kWh battery supports up to 100kW rapid charging, with an 80 per cent charge taking just 30 minutes, and is covered by an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty.
To optimise performance, drivers can choose from three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport.
With a 100kW (136hp) electric motor and 260Nm of instantaneous maximum torque, the all-new Corsa-e combines emission-free driving with a maximum "fun-to-drive" factor, needing just 2.8 seconds to sprint from zero to 31mph and completing 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds before reaching an electronically controlled top speed of 93mph.
Further improving efficiency, the Corsa-e features regenerative braking to recover the energy released under braking and deceleration. The kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy and either used immediately or stored in the battery for additional range. Instead of a conventional HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning) system, the Corsa-e uses a heat pump to warm and cool the interior, delivering even more efficiency.
The all-new Corsa-e will be as easy to charge as it is to drive. The 50kWh battery in the all-new Corsa-e supports domestic 3-pin plugs, wall box, fast charging and rapid charging technologies, and is guaranteed by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
For owners wishing to charge at home, a "Mode 2 cable" compatible with domestic 3-pin sockets can be purchased as an optional extra, capable of supplying up to 3.4kW.
A 7.4kW "Mode 3 cable" which is standard on the all-new Corsa-e supports fast, on-the-go charging. With a length of six metres, the cables are long enough to enable connection with public charging stations that are not even right next to the vehicle.
Every Corsa-e also supports CCS rapid charging at speeds up to 100kW – enabling an 80 per cent charge in as little as 30 minutes.