Opel is down to the sixth generation of its popular city car Corsa. To prove it believes in an electric future, Opel presents the electric model, the Corsa-e, first. Later the petrol and diesel versions will be introduced.
Normal electric car
Until now electric cars have been either large luxury cars or smaller, odd-looking cars with limited usability. Slowly we get to see more ‘normal’ electric cars, of which this Corsa-e is a good example. Does this mean electric cars will soon be for everybody?
In Europe everybody knows the Opel Corsa as small but nice car. The sixth generation is no different: this car is clearly a Corsa. It is a bit more polished, it looks a bit more up-to-date but everybody will recognize it as a Corsa. The roof is a bit lower compared to the previous model, but since the seats are also lower there is still enough headroom.
The new Corsa-e is fully electric. The electric motor produces 136hp and Opel promises it will give you 330km (205miles) of range. The electric motor is the same as in some models from Peugeot and Citroën / DS, which belong to the same automotive family. Charging can be done at home with a normal outlet, a wallbox or you can visit a speed-charger. If you opt for the latter, the 50kW battery is filled to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
The Corsa-e has three driving modes. The ECO-mode focusses on extending your range. Pick the sport-mode and the Corsa-e will be more direct and dynamic. This will cost you range, however. Because the batteries are below the floor, the center of gravity is low, improving the handling.
Lots of kit
The Corsa-e’s dash is completely electric. You can choose a 7- or 10-inch infotainment screen with Opel Connect. Of course the latest gadgets are also available, like LED-headlights that dim automatically to oncoming traffic. Also adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection can be ordered. Traffic signs will be read by the cameras and displayed on the dashboard.
More interesting is Opel’s Flank Guard, which was presented earlier on other Opels. This system uses cameras to keep an eye on the sides of the car during parking and maneuvring to prevent damage.
The Opel Corsa-e will be available from early next year. But not in the USA obviously.