Published on November 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre0
All-Electric Versions Of The Opel Corsa & Peugeot 208 Coming (To Share Same Platform)
November 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre
The next generations of the Opel Corsa and the Peugeot 208 will apparently be offered as all-electrics (in addition to the standard options), with the two models sharing the same platform thanks to the recent acquisition of Opel by Peugeot.
The plans were revealed as part of the unveiling of Opel’s new plans to electrify all of its passenger car models by 2024.
“Having full access to Groupe PSA technologies, Opel/Vauxhall will become a European CO2 leader. By 2024, all European passenger car lines will be electrified — offering a pure battery electric propulsion or plug-in hybrid version alongside efficient internal combustion engines,” Opel wrote. “By 2020, Opel/Vauxhall will have 4 electrified carlines on the market, including the Grandland X PHEV and the next generation Corsa as a fully electric vehicle.”
You’ll note there that all of Opel’s “electrified” vehicles will apparently be either all-electrics (EVs) or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), rather than plugless conventional hybrids — which is a nice change of pace from Volkswagen’s, Ford’s, Volvo’s, Daimler’s, and BMW’s version of “electrified.”
Push EVs provides more: “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.”
Something that’s interesting to note here is that there are signs that PSA Group is now preparing to re-enter the US market after a number of decades of absence. Don’t be too surprised if PSA Group does end up releasing an all-electric Opel Corsa or Peugeot 208 in the US before the end of the decade. This would be a logical and perhaps easy opening that would be additive to their revenue rather than cannibalistic.