Opel’s first all-electric model, the Corsa-e, was officially unveiled in Frankfurt yesterday and will be one of the most affordable EVs on the market when it arrives next March.
Prices are expected to be announced from July, but Opel Ireland tells us to expect them to be in the same ballpark as the Renault Zoe. The Zoe is currently the least expensive EV car on sale here – from €25,590.
The Corsa-e marks the start of a major electric offensive by Opel. It is planning on bringing in four electrified models by the end of 2020.
A plug-in hybrid Grandland X was also revealed yesterday. It goes on sale in February. It combines two electric motors with a 200PS petrol engine and can travel 52km on electric power only. Expect it to cost around €44,000 before grants.
It has also confirmed that there will be all-electric versions of the next generation Mokka X and Vivaro LCV too.
Significantly, it chose to launch the electric Corsa ahead of internal-combustion-powered versions – a measure of its importance to Opel.
It comes with a claimed range of 330km, using a 50kWh battery that develops 136bhp.
Coming with cable, wallbox and high-speed charging options, it can be fast-charged to 80pc in 30 minutes.
It takes five hours to ‘fill’ the battery with a home charger.