Next generation Opel Corsa will have fully electric version

Opel-Vauxhall new strategic plan

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 CO2ย leader. By 2024, all European passenger carlines will be electrified โ€“ 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?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

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….

4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

What is the cycle life and the temperature sensitivity of the 811 battery? I have not been able to find any full description of the chemistry.

4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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 years ago

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..?

4 years ago

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.

premium salmon
4 years ago

The breakthrough in passenger e-cars was promised by GM at the beginning of January and realised by releasing the Chevrolet Bolt, AKA Opel Ampera-e.

What will happen to this great and quite affordable model in Europe? Not a word since the big price rises by GM.

What do you know / think?

4 years ago

If a company decreases production of its BEV in one marked where demand is lower than expect instead of switching to the model for the marked that has high demand that company clearly does not want to sell BEVs. Increasing the price simply decreases demand. It’s like with Volkswagen, they also limit the demand for their BEV buy overpricing them. But on the other hand, are there any companies that do not overprice their BEVs? Maybe we can name Tesla, but just because they do not make any profit on their cars yet.

4 years ago

PSA and their promisses, they promised a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid for their 3008 with an 1.6 engine.
And they are putting a future car with a 50kWh battery against car’s on the market now. When their car comes out the competitors will have cars with at least 85kWh.