The All-Electric Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

vauxhall corsa e electric car
Price: £29,305
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 222 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Vauxhall Motors is part of the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Vauxhall electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models:



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The All-Electric Vauxhall Corsa-e


Vauxhall (Opel) announced the launch of a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) Corsa in December 2018. The all-electric Corsa-e looks very similar to the hugely popular internal combustion engine (ICE) Vauxhall Corsa supermini. But this is where the similarity ends. The Corsa-e is fully electric and has zero-tailpipe emissions. It also has a longer wheelbase compared to the petrol variant.

The Corsa-e is available in only one EV battery size (50 kWh) with a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 222 miles. Real-world e-range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, weather, road condition, tyre size, onboard services used and more. An EV range closer to 190 miles is more realistic. Of course, the EV also incorporates regenerative braking to improve efficiency and electric range.

The electric car can be fast charged up to 100 kW DC (charged up to 80% in 30 minutes) and incorporates a 11 kW AC three-phase onboard charger as standard. The Corsa electric car can be fully charged in 5 hours via a dedicated three-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi. For single-phase EV charging it will take up to 7 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge.

Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car. The EV will take up to 21 hours and 45 minutes to fully charge via a 3-PIN socket. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. The manufacturer offers a 8 years/ 100,000 miles warranty. 

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Corsa-e electric car can achieve 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds (maximum power: 136 ps/ torque: 260 Nm). The top speed for the EV is 93 mph. Of course the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The EV offers three driving modes: Sport, Normal and ECO. The ECO model is for maximum range and energy efficiency. The ECO mode deactivates all unnecessary energy-consuming features and reduces the top speed, torque and overall performance of the vehicle.

The Corsa-e offer the following features and technology (some as standard and others as options): 7-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, panoramic rear-view camera, lane positioning assistant, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, automatic emergency city braking, speed sign recognition, forward collision alert and more. In terms of practicality, the electric hatchback offers a 267 L boot space.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the Corsa-e electric car via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
Decent electric range For those seeking a more futuristic design, this BEV will disappoint
11 kW onboard charger Interior lacks inspiration
100 kW DC charging Infotainment system could be improved

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The All-Electric Vauxhall Corsa-e (credit: Vauxhall)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
GS Line (from £29,305)
Anniversary Edition (from £31,000)
Ultimate (from £31,910)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years/100,000 miles/70% capacity

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1433
Width (mm):1765
Length (mm):4060
Wheelbase (mm):2538
Turning Circle (m):10.6
Boot Space (L):267

Corsa-e
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):222 miles
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):16.5 – 16.8 kWh
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-60 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Max Power (PS):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,530
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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