Vauxhall and Opel, now owned by PSA Group, will launch their first EV before the end of the decade: a zero-emissions Corsa that shares a platform with other PSA superminis

Vauxhall has confirmed the eCorsa name for the electric version of its next-generation Ford Fiesta rival that will arrive after the regular Corsa model in 2020.

The all-electric hatchback will sit alongside the recently confirmed Grandland X PHEV, the next Ampera-e and an electrified van in Vauxhall's growing electrified line-up. These models will play a key role in the long-term electrification plans of Vauxhall's parent, PSA Group.

The plans state that every Vauxhall model will be available with an electrified powertrain by 2024, with battery electric power for small cars and hybrid and and plug-in hybrid power for larger models. These models will be sold alongside combustion-engined alternatives rather than in a standalone range.

The next Corsa was originally planned to be underpinned by a structure developed by Vauxhall's former owner, General Motors, but it will now be built on the same CMP architecture as the next Peugeot 208 and Citroën C3. This shift has enabled the eCorsa to use eCMP underpinnings.

This electrified platform will be shared with electric versions of the next 208 and C3. While no details have been given about ranges, rivals such as the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona Electric offer between 250 and 292 miles, meaning the PSA models will need to offer similar distances from a single charge to be competitive.

Synergies achieved through the use of the CMP platform have helped Vauxhall to halve development costs for the new Corsa. It will be the first Vauxhall (and Opel) car to be built on a PSA platform. PSA ownership will see all GM platforms used by Vauxhall cars replaced by PSA ones, cutting nine platforms to just two: CMP and EMP2.

The same will be true for engines, which will be trimmed from 10 families to just four. Such is PSA's commitment towards electrification that its engineers are developing the new powertrains to be compatible with hybrid power from the start, rather than adapting them at a later stage. The line-up includes a new 1.6 petrol four-pot, a 1.2 petrol triple and a lightweight 1.5 diesel.

While electrified models currently represent only a small portion of new cars sales — they have a 5.8% share of the UK market — the Corsa is Vauxhall's biggest-selling model in Britain (and currently the fifth best-selling car in Britain), suggesting the electric version could become a significant player in the segment.

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15 February 2018

...anouncing something that is a long way away.

Steam cars are due a revival.

15 February 2018

Next article is yet another preview of the V60 for release in 2019, desperation as well?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018

The V60 is being released.

 

The Corsa EV is something they hope to have one day in the future......

Steam cars are due a revival.

12 June 2018

Corsa is being released

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018

Vauxhall bashing is popular, and perhaps easy as their models are all a little dull, but the range is actually pretty new, other than the Corsa, and competitive, so bound to be a lull of new models until the new Corsa arrives.

Shame we didnt get the Bolt EV before GM bailed.

15 February 2018

...but the  late departed GM is where we should direct our scorn.

After all GM managed to trash Vauxhall / Opel, Saab and numerous other smaller US brands.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

12 June 2018

Asset stripped Rover costing thousand of British jobs

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 February 2018

unless on pcp just incase they become defunct and just sell Citroens and Pugs.

15 February 2018
Ski Kid wrote:

unless on pcp just incase they become defunct and just sell Citroens and Pugs.

 

and not doing so will just ensure that happens!...

 

15 February 2018
Guess which company has just started a plant decommissioning study.

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