You know the European car industry is serious about the switch to electrification when even a mainstream model like the Opel / Vauxhall Corsa comes in an all-electric version right from launch.
The 2020 Corsa-e electric supermini and the regular sixth-generation Corsa are without a doubt the highlights of Opel’s stand at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Sharing the platform and electric drivetrain with the Peugeot e-208, the Opel / Vauxhall Corsa-e packs a 50-kWh battery pack that feeds a 100 kW (136 PS / 134 hp) electric motor driving the front wheels. The first-ever mass-produced electric Corsa offers a range of up to 330 km (205 miles) as per WLTP as well as multiple charging options.
The quickest way is via a 100 kW fast charging: it takes less than 30 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent capacity using a 100 kW DC charging station. Prices for the Corsa-e in Germany start from €29,900 while UK customers can have it from £26,490, including the Government £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant.
The rest of the Corsa lineup remains more conservative, offering four internal combustion engines. There are three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline units with 75 PS (74 hp), 100 PS (99 hp) and 130 PS (128 hp), respectively, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 102 PS (101 hp).
Transmission choices include five- and six-speed manual gearboxes for the base gasoline engines and the diesel, as well as an eight-speed auto for the top 130 PS 1.2-liter turbo petrol.
For the moment, the Corsa-e cannot compete with the regular Corsa when it comes to pricing as the base 75 PS (74 hp) 1.2-liter model starts at €13,990 in Germany and £15,550 in the UK — roughly half the price of the all-electric version.