Vauxhall Corsa-e (2020) Guide

Vauxhall Corsa-e (2020) Guide

One of Europe’s most popular small hatchbacks is now available in electric form. The Corsa-e marks the first of many BEV’s to be produced by Vauxhall-Opel in the coming years. Built and developed alongside the Peugeot e-208, the new Corsa-e has all the technical underpinnings of a great EV combined with the practicality the brand has become synonymous with. Assertive design features house equally attractive tech with over 200-mile range capacity and 100kW rapid charging, all while maintaining a sense of familiarity that will be appealing to many Corsa owners.

Electric Range

205 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

50 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

14 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 100kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Vauxhall Corsa-e

The Corsa-e comes with a battery size of 50kWh and has an official WLTP range of 205 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 7 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £7.

The Corsa-e comes with a CCS connector option, enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 100kW charging station, the Corsa-e will charge from 0-80% in just 30 minutes.

Note: The Corsa-e has a max DC rate of 100kW, which is something given its price point. The Corsa-e also includes a max AC 3-phase charge rate of 11kW; this means if you’re lucky enough to have a 3-Phase supply at home or work, you can knock 2 hours off your charging time.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 24h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 14h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-Phase) = 5h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 40m for 20-80%
  • *Based on WLTP range
  • **Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Vauxhall Corsa-e

Classified as a BEV, the Corsa-e produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Vauxhall Corsa-e qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of its combustion engine stablemates, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet in style.

What are people saying about the Vauxhall Corsa-e?

The new Corsa-e makes an excellent choice for anyone seeking to transition to electric without making a song and dance about it. It’s quite challenging to tell the new Corsa-e apart from its piston brothers; except for a subtle ‘e’ badge, they are precisely the same, and that is by design.
Engineered to house either an internal combustion engine or large battery pack, the new Corsa boasts equal spacing, regardless of the fuel source. Based on the PSA Group’s electric car platform, the underpinnings of the Corsa-e are identical to the DS 3 E-TENSE and Peugeot e-208. Despite this, they all perform slightly differently.

Everything about the new Corsa-e is particularly conventional. Its design appears self-assured with definitive proportions, a more pronounced centre crease down the bonnet and narrow LED headlights. Inside it maintains the theme of familiarity. Unlike the Peugeot e-208’s futuristic, space-age features, the Corsa-e keeps it concise. A centre console infotainment system highlights relevant information, such as the radius in which the current range will take you, while physical shortcut buttons keeps things pretty simple.

Perhaps one of the most significant selling points of the Corsa-e, like its cousin the e-208, is the liquid-cooled battery, combined with its 100kW rapid charge capabilities. These features are rare in an EV of this stature and price range. The temperature-controlled battery enables faster charging making this a vehicle that could comfortably accommodate long journeys, easing range anxiety and increasing its viability as a primary car.

Aside from its fuel source and tech lying beneath the cabin, the Corsa-e is like every other Corsa, and that’s the point. Vauxhall hasn’t aimed to design something fancy and futuristic. Yet it could still be pioneering, in the sense that it normalises the EV experience. Its intuitive, smooth, nippy and all the other great things an electric motor has to offer. But it’s also, entirely conventional.