It’s long been an affordable, no-nonsense sort of car, but the arrival of the latest generation sees it leap right to the front of the car industry’s electrification revolution, with this pure-electric Corsa-e offered alongside conventional petrol and diesel-engined versions.
Of course, it’s possible we wouldn’t have an electric Corsa just yet, had Vauxhall and its German sister brand Opel not been taken over by Peugeot and Citroen’s parent company the PSA Group in 2017. The buyout means both the internal-combustion and electric versions of the new Corsa are based on the same mechanical underpinnings as the Peugeot 208, Peugeot 2008 and DS 3 Crossback.
The electric Corsa-e isn’t as affordable as its internal-combustion counterparts; the cheapest version costs over £27,000 after the government plug-in grant has been applied. That puts it in the company of some pretty accomplished rivals, such as the Honda e, MINI Electric and Renault ZOE, as well as larger and more practical offerings like the MG ZS EV and Nissan Leaf.
Groupe PSA’s 2021 Opel/Vauxhall Mokka shares many major components with the Peugeot e-208, e-2008, and DS 3 E-Tense. An onboard 100 kW DC rapid charging system allows a 0 to 80% charge in 30 minutes and the maximum range is 322 km (WLTP). There is an eight-year battery warranty. Top speed is sensibly limited to 150 km/h (93 mph).
The Mokka gets a radical new look compared with Vauxhall’s previous baby SUV that carried the Mokka X name. The new model is 125mm shorter than its predecessor, but it has smaller front and rear overhangs, and the wheelbase has actually been extended very slightly – by two millimetres.
The Mokka is another new Vauxhall based on a platform from the brand’s latest owner, Groupe PSA. Called CMP, the chassis architecture is shared with a host of other products from Peugeot and Citroen, as well as Vauxhall’s own Corsa. CMP’s cleverest trick is that it is able to use a wide variety of powertrains – and that means that the Mokka will be available with a choice of petrol, diesel or pure-electric power.
Indeed, the EV version – called Mokka-e – will be among the first wave of variants to arrive. It’ll be equipped with a 50kWh battery and an electric motor driving the front wheels, with 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. No performance figures have been released, but the claimed range for the model on a single charge is 201 miles; and the car is ready for pretty much all domestic charging standards, as well as DC rapid charging.
Groupe PSA, the French company behind Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall, has confirmed it will offer eight years of breakdown assistance to buyers of its electric vehicles. The extended cover will allow owners whose batteries run flat to receive a quick top-up charge at the roadside.
The company’s brands, which also include French premium brand DS, already offer three years of breakdown cover for conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars – cover that includes assistance for those who run out of fuel. For buyers of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, however, PSA will extend that cover for a further five years, in line with the eight-year battery warranty.
Richard Dyson, Groupe PSA Parts & Service Director UK, said: “We are pleased to extend the roadside cover on our new generation of electrified models to eight years or 100,000 miles. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles represent the fastest growing vehicle segment in the UK. With more buyers looking to make the switch, we hope this initiative will give first-time electric car buyers the peace of mind they’re looking for.”
The Opel Mokka-e is currently being tested in the Hessian Test Center Rodgau-Dudenhofen for exemplary acoustic comfort in the interior, the best driving safety up to maximum speed and Opel-typical steering and pedal feel. Since February, the chassis, drive train, electronics and lighting in the polar winter in Swedish Lapland have been used for extensive coordination runs of the chassis and assistance systems on frozen lakes and cramped country roads. These complex tests are necessary in order to guarantee the future driver the best possible feeling of safety…
The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.
EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.
NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.
The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.
The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.
The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.
NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.
The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less. […]