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First-ever electric Corsa to bring 205-mile range

Vauxhall has taken the next step in plans to electrify its fleet with the reveal of the electric Corsa, due on sale later this year.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Unveiled just days after the brand took the wraps off the Grandland X PHEV, the sixth-generation Corsa gets a fully electric variant as Vauxhall plans for an electrified version of every model in its range by 2024, as first revealed in its PACE! post-takeover turnaround plans announced two years ago; this includes the new Mokka X and Vivaro models due in 2020.

The Corsa-e is built on the same platform as the Peugeot e-208 and also features a 50kWh battery – guaranteed for eight years – that brings 136hp of power, a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds and up to an official 205-mile WLTP range, compared to 211 miles for the Peugeot.  Drivers can choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport; with the Eco mode extending range by up to 40% compared to Sport.

A 11kW on-board charger is included as standard and works with home and rapid chargers, with the latter enabling an 80% capacity battery charge in 30 minutes.

Drivers can choose between two levels of regenerative braking system, with the lower level said to bring deceleration similar to the engine-braking of a conventional car.

The new Corsa – which will be five-door only and will also be available in conventional petrol and diesel forms – will also get advanced driver assistance systems including Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist – marking a Corsa-first – Side Blind Spot Alert, Drowsiness Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. The Corsa-e also offers two emergency braking systems and park assist technology.

On-board equipment includes the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainments systems ranging from the Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi with seven-inch colour touchscreen, to the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro with 10-inch colour touchscreen, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and featuring control via integrated voice recognition.

They also offer the new Vauxhall Connect telematics service, which offers functions, such as Live Navigation with real-time traffic information, key vehicle data checking via an app, direct connection with roadside assistance and emergency call.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.