The new Vauxhall Corsa-e will probably make many friends with impatient guys who are open to the idea of a fully electric car, but who lack the time or inclination to charge their battery.
Why? It will arrive in April next year with the fast charging capacity DC 100kW to replace the 50kW battery. The function is not an extra either, and it could attract many people who would otherwise have the task of having to charge a battery when exploding at a service station to get fuel.
A five-minute or potentially many, many-minute pit stop while waiting for those battery bars to be replaced is perhaps the reason why so many of us have decided to hang the fire when passing an electric vehicle. This is still the most frustrating aspect of electric car ownership and it is mainly about infrastructure.
Having a car that can be quickly recharged is therefore a definite advantage. And, with its cheerful recharge potential, it could mean that the Corsa-e could really reach the right mark, assuming it can find a vacant 100kW charging station.
In real terms, that means you can get another 160 miles or so in about half an hour, which is certainly very useful. Vauxhall also emphasizes that the Corsa-e has a range of 205 miles, which has been marked by WLTP certification. The car will also come with a much quieter 11kW charger, which will charge it in your home in approximately 7.5 hours using a domestic wall box.
Plug and play
Apart from that, there is certainly nothing too revolutionary in the Corsa -e in the looks department, but Vauxhall is not really the preferred brand for controversial design lines. What you get is a fairly simple car with not too many surprises.
Interestingly, the Corsa-e will also be available as a gasoline and diesel option and, as a result, the loading port is where the normal fuel filler cap would be. Investing in those annoying cargo bays with short cables when you're away from home might be the only option in that regard.
While that is not a big problem, it will be interesting to see if it provokes a reaction from people who prefer to simply move towards a bay to charge the battery in stores. Another reason why, for example, the new Renault Zoe works so well, since it has the charging point in the front of the car.
In another place, while you get some references to the fact that it is a model & # 39; e & # 39 ;, the Corsa looks conventional from all angles. The front and rear ends do the job, while the drill in the middle does not offer meaningless access to the interior through four doors in the example shown here. The funky 17-inch alloy wheels in the press day example, however, provided a much needed mind of emotion.
The overall impression is similar when you take a look at the interior style. It is a fairly meat and potato design that will be popular with the many people who like and have bought the best-selling Corsa today.
That said, Vauxhall has clearly had a decent stab by adding some more premium touches to season inside, at least with its Elite Nav-trim model. The seats provide enough space for four adults and, as another advantage, the car is surprisingly low in that regard. Headroom is not compromised.
In fact, the battery seems to have been tucked into the bottom of the Corsa-e quite intelligently, which means that the space offered makes you soon forget that you are riding a trio of cells on the Ground Floor. Outside, fortunately, the boot space is large enough for your weekly grocery store, which is probably the type of trip for which the Corsa-e will be used in many cases. However, we would like to see how it goes with larger objects, such as a folding stroller, for example.
The Corsa-e of Vauxhall will also have a fairly robust technological specification. As is the expectation of buyers now, the levels of features and functionalities found inside are quite robust. Apple Car Play and Android Auto, for example, are part of the package, as are Bluetooth audio and wireless charging of smartphones. There is a 10-inch touch screen on the dashboard, which is quite good to look at and allows access to options such as your favorite applications in the car. The most economical entry level SE Nav model comes with a smaller seven-inch touch screen. Active Lane Assist, meanwhile, is one of the key security highlights.
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Next, the center console has e an orderly shifter, which allows you to select driving modes, with Normal, Eco and Sport options To choose from. While Eco, as expected, provides the lowest battery power consumption, Sport mode will allow you to take advantage of 134 HP of the engine. Undoubtedly, the energy reserves of the battery will suffer as a result, although there is a regenerative braking to return the juice to those cells along the way. The Eco mode, on the other hand, offers access to 81 hp, which is enough to walk around the city.
However, what Corsa-e is driving has not yet been determined, since Vauxhall has so far limited most journalists to a passenger ride, most recently at the Bruntingthorpe test ground in Leicestershire. First we saw the Corsa-e at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the Opel logo looked and looked good there. The same can be said of its edition labeled with Vauxhall here in the United Kingdom, particularly the blue example in these photos. It is not a turn of the head, but we like discrete lines.
The next step is to get behind the wheel and put it, and that fast charging potential through its rhythms. Infrastructure of irregular load that allows it. As for prices, the base level model will start at £ 26,490 (around $ 34,000, AU $ 49,000) after the UK government grant, so it is competitive.