- Electric version of Vauxhall’s popular hatchback
- More than 200-mile range
- 0-62mph takes 8.1 seconds
Coming soon: 2019 Vauxhall Corsa-e electric car
Vauxhall reveals its first all-electric production car, the Corsa-e. It will rival the likes of the forthcoming Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe and BMW i3.
The Corsa-e is Vauxhall’s first electric production car and will go on sale later in 2019.
Vauxhall plans to electrify more of its models over the coming years, with a plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland X also coming later in 2019. Two more all-electric models will join the line-up in 2020: an electric version of the Mokka X SUV and the Vivaro van. All of Vauxhall’s models will have an electrified version (hybrid or all-electric) by 2024.
The 0-62mph run will take 8.1 seconds, with 0-31mph (useful for around town driving) taking just 2.8 seconds in Sport mode.
The car comes with three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. If using Eco mode, it will be possible to extend the range by up to 40%. Sport mode increases responsiveness and delivers performance, which will reduce the driving range by around 10%.
Like in other electric cars, some energy can be recovered through regenerative braking. The excess kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy, and used immediately or stored in the battery. The driver can also vary the strength of the regenerative braking.
There is a decent range of driver assistance systems on offer in the new Corsa-e. Traffic Sign Recognition detects road signs, and if the car has sat-nav, can display the speed limit. There’s also Lane Keep Assist (for the first time in a Corsa) that will steer the car back into a lane if it drifts out, as well as vibrating the driver’s seat. Side Blind Spot Alert lets the driver know if there are any moving objects in the car’s blind spots to the side and rear of the car.
And there’s a Drowsiness Detection system which warns the driver using audio and visual signals at three levels, to take a break after two hours of driving at more than 40mph. Or if the driver is swerving, the car may also alert the driver that they need a break.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e is on sale now, costing from £26,490 (after the government grant). You can secure one with a £500 deposit (fully refundable on purchase).