Vauxhall has released the first images and details of its first fully-electric model – the Corsa-e – ahead of its arrival later this year.
It will be powered by a 50Kw battery which is capable of producing 136hp and has a 205 mile range, although the British firm claimed this can be increased by up to 40% when driving in ‘Eco’ mode.
Vauxhall previously stated its intention is to offer electrified versions of its model range by 2024 and the Corsa-e is the first Vauxhall to offer an electric powertrain, while the company is set to launch a plug-in Grandland X later this year, while next year the firm – now part of the PSA Group – will launch an all-electric successor to the Mokka X and Vivaro van.
Like most other electric vehicles, the Corsa-e’s battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in half an hour when plugged in rapid chargers, however, Vauxhall has not said how long it will take to recharge the vehicle using a conventional home charger or via a three-pin plug.
Inside, the new Corsa’s infotainment systems are available with a 10-inch colour touchscreen and are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while suitable smartphones can be charged wirelessly.
The EV also offers a number of driver assistance systems, including: Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist (a Corsa-first), Side Blind Spot Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Drowsiness Detection and various parking assistance systems and cameras.