Next generation Opel Corsa will have fully electric version

Opel-Vauxhall new strategic plan

 

The next generation Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa will share the same platform and have all electric versions.

 

Today Opel unveiled its strategic plan and commits to electrify all passenger cars by 2024. Below you can see part of the press release that is dedicated to electric mobility.

 

“Having full access to Groupe PSA technologies, Opel/Vauxhall will become a European CO2 leader. By 2024, all European passenger carlines will be electrified – offering a pure battery electric propulsion or plug-in hybrid version alongside efficient internal combustion engines. By 2020, Opel/Vauxhall will have four electrified carlines on the market, including the Grandland X PHEV and the next generation Corsa as a fully electric vehicle.”

 

When most automakers say that all their passenger cars in the near future will be electrified, they are referring to plug-less hybrids. However, when Opel refer to electrified cars, they mean cars with plugs, either all electric or plug-in hybrids.

 

PSA all electric e-CMP platform

 

While the plan of the PSA Group seems modest regarding electric cars, there are positive things.

I like the fact that they are focusing in practical electric cars that can be very successful, especially in Europe. Electric superminis like the electric versions of the next generation Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208 are expected to arrive in 2019 and have good chances to succeed in the European electric car market. However in 2019 they’ll face the competition of new electric superminis such as the second generation Renault Zoe, the Volkswagen ID (e-Golf’s successor) and hopefully the Nissan Micra EV.

The 50 kWh battery will put the Opel Corsa EV and Peugeot 208 EV right in the middle of the current Renault Zoe and the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e. It should be enough for a 500 km range in NEDC, or around 350 km in the real world. While range seems acceptable, we still don’t know the other important factor, the price.

Furthermore, the PSA Group is preparing to expand to at least 20 new markets and there are strong rumors that the USA is one of those. If true, this means that PSA will bring their own electric cars to the USA and the decision of GM cutting the supply of the Chevrolet Bolt EV rebadged as Opel Ampera-e to the PSA Group makes sense. Both auto groups will become rivals again in a not very distant future.

 

Anyway, the press conference was a bit boring in my opinion, but feel free to see it in the video below.

 

 

What do you think about an electric Opel Corsa or Peugeot 208 with a 50 kWh battery?

 

 

More info:

http://media.opel.com/media/intl/en/opel/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/intl/en/2017/opel/11-09-future.html

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/electric-peugeot-208-lead-psa-ev-push-2018

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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6 Responses

  1. Jonas Jovial says:

    Pure bullshit… If they really wanted to do it, they would do it now…always 2020… And when we get there it will be 2025, etc….

    • Pedro Lima says:

      I understand how you feel, the only excuse they have now is that they are waiting to be able to make affordable and profitable electric cars.

      Next year, with NCM 811 battery cells the kWh cost at the pack level will finally drop to 100 € – making the all electric versions price-competitive with the ICE versions.

      So let’s see how they price their upcoming electric cars… if they’ll cost much more than the ICE versions, their excuse was just bullshit as you said.

  2. Lars says:

    Nice to hear that there are more BEVs on the way and that not all of those are large family cars. I am still waiting for a small BEV with a larger battery, the size of a Volkswagen e-Up, but with an acceptable range and a lower price tag.

  3. RNMentropy says:

    Honestly, we don’t have to be experts in body language to know that they are lying and/or playing with words.
    Pure marketing.

  4. Terawatt says:

    If the price is right, Corsa and 208 ought to do fairly well. But by then there may be several other competitors. You didn’t mention the e -Up, which presumably will also get a boost if not an entirely new generation by 2020..?

  5. Lars says:

    It seems like most companies are waiting for 2020 before they get serious about BEVs. I think that is more because of lower emission standards force them to than waiting for the proper technology to be ready.

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