Mirror Motoring’s Colin Goodwin gets his hands on his first car after lockdown – the Vauxhall Corsa-e electric vehicle that sprints to 60mph in 7.6 seconds in Sport mode
The last car that was delivered to me to test before the lockdown was a Renault Zoe, which as you probably know is a fully electric car.
The first car to be delivered in the eased lockdown is a Vauxhall Corsa-e, also an electric car.
So for the limited amount of driving that I’ve done during the last two months, which is mainly going back and forth caring for my 94-year-old mum, all of it has been in an EV.
I’m getting pretty used to this electric business. Wouldn’t say I was at the evangelist stage yet, but I’m warming to it.
The Corsa-e is essentially the same car as the Peugeot e-208 but not quite as good looking. Vauxhall was quick out of the box with this car because there is no fully electric Ford hatchback and very few from other rivals.
There’s really only the aforementioned Zoe, the Mini E and Honda E – the latter offering a shorter range and higher price.
The Corsa-e has a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery giving it a range in ideal conditions of 209 miles, which is about 25 miles less than the Renault.
Vauxhall will also give you a wall-mounted fast charger and fit it for free. This is just as well because charging the car from a domestic socket will take up to 24 hours.
Use a public rapid charger and you will be able to bring your Corsa-e’s battery up to 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Slip inside and you’ll see a rather more straightforward interior than the Peugeot’s. No nice piano keys to operate oft-used items like radio and sat nav, no futuristic 3D virtual cockpit and no wacky tiny steering wheel.
But never mind, there’s not much wrong with the Vauxhall’s interior and it’s very well put together.
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