The BEVs (battery electric vehicle) will be delivered over the next 12 months and be rolled out nationwide across the British Gas engineer workforce.
The engineers who receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers but also targeting areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a van already needs replacing. The British Gas engineers will install the chargers at engineer homes.
Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030.
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.”
Citroën has unveiled an all-electric version of its mid-sized Dispatch panel van. It’s called the e-Dispatch – and it’ll go on sale in the UK during the second half of 2020, joining the Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e in the PSA Group’s all-electric commercial vehicle line-up.
The Citroën e-Dispatch is based on the same EMP2 platform as normal Dispatch models, and it’s powered by the electric motor found in the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall e-Corsa superminis, which develops 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. Citroën says the electric powertrain allows the e-Dispatch to haul a maximum payload of 1,275kg, at a top speed of 80mph…
Peugeot has released the e-Expert – a pure-electric van with a range of up to 205 miles on a single charge.
The e-Expert completes the electrification of the PSA Group’s triumvirate of medium vans, following Citroën’s ë-Dispatch this week, and the Vauxhall Vivaro-e at the end of last month.
The e-Expert shares the same platform and Peugeot has decided to offer the same powertrain options. This means there’s a 50 kWh battery available for a range of up to 143 miles on a charge, or a 75 kWh pack providing the headline 205 mile range.
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 Mach-E, Ford‘s first modern mainstream pure EV, is a large, high-performance SUV for which prices will start at around £42,000, in contrast to the new electric entry points from rivals such as Vauxhall, Peugeot and Honda, which are launching far more modest, and therefore cheaper, superminis.
While saying that the Mach-E’s size, performance and range capability mean its price still represents good value for money when compared with rivals, Hoare also insisted that this ambitious entry into the EV market is the right way for Ford to go.
He said: “We want to put the best foot forward for electrification, we want to demonstrate the great strengths of electrification, and make it aspirational, so the products that will come beneath it will start with credibility, and our customers will understand what is coming from Ford.
The 18 electrified vehicles Ford has announced for customers in Europe before the end of 2021 includes:
Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid, Puma EcoBoost Hybrid, Focus EcoBoost Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid, Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid, Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid and Transit EcoBlue Hybrid – featuring 48-volt mild hybrid technology for reduced CO2 emissions, optimised fuel efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience
Mondeo Hybrid, Kuga Hybrid, S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid – featuring self-charging, full hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain technology that offers a compelling alternative to diesel and is capable of pure-electric driving for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios
Explorer Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid – offering pure-electric driving capability alongside the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.
Mustang Mach-E and an all-electric Transit van – delivering pure-electric, zero-emission driving