Vauxhall’s Corsa-e Charging Features Revealed

Vauxhall has released the all-important charging capabilities of its baby BEV Corsa-e but lists a universal charger only as a paid-for optional extra.

While range and performance details remain in line with those published nearly a year ago, the automaker now tells us the car’s 50kWh battery will be compatible with a wall box, fast charging and rapid charging technologies plus domestic three-pin plugs and there’s an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty on battery.

A 7.4kW “Mode 3 cable” which is standard on the all-new Corsa-e supports fast, on-the-go charging. With a length of six meters (19ft), the cables claim to be long enough to enable connection with public charging stations that are not even right next to the vehicle. The car also supports CCS rapid charging at speeds up to 100kW, enabling an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.

For owners wishing to charge at home, a “Mode 2 cable” compatible with domestic three-pin sockets can be purchased as an optional extra, capable of supplying up to 3.4kW. This “universal charger” combines the functions of “Mode 2” and “Mode 3” cables in a single device. With infrastructure-specific adapters, this allows charging at nearly all local plug sockets and public charging stations.

Owners can check the current state-of-charge, energy consumption and range via a separate menu displayed on the infotainment touchscreen. Also customers who complete an order by 2nd April 2020 are eligible for a free home wall box unit worth £800 ($1,040) that is supplied and installed by Pod Point. Corsa-e customers also get a six month subscription to the Polar Plus charging network. Prices will be starting from £27,165 ($35,316) on-the-road after the UK government grant.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

 


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