Even the Boring Corsa's Going Electric

By Gary Cutlack on at

The boring old Vauxhall Corsa is about to become the thrilling new all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-hyphen-lowercase-e-for-electric, as a full battery-only model of the everyman car is included in this year's achingly tedious catalogue of new small Vauxhalls.

The BEV version of the 2020 range known as the Corsa-e is exactly what you'd expect from an electric Vauxhall; it's not best at anything but ticks enough boxes to be considered. Its official range is a passable 211 miles derived from a 50kWh battery, which through rapid charging ought to hit the 80 per cent full level after half an hour of dangling off a fast charger. There's a 134bhp electric motor, which is plenty powerful enough for a small car that's only likely to be asked to accelerate when heading to a contended supermarket parking space that's just become available, plus there's a full regenerative braking system for rewarding the sort of slow, considerate driving most Corsa owners are known for.

The charging socket is where the petrol filler cap usually is, so the older and more easily confused Corsa enthusiasts know where to look to put the thing in that makes it go. There's a 10-inch touchscreen inside too, which is pretty thrilling an innovation in Vauxhall land. Prices will appear nearer the car's 2020 arrival. [Autocar]