Opel to launch three electrical vehicles by 2020

2020 Opel Mokka X spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 Opel Mokka X spy photographs – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Opel’s new proprietor, France’s PSA Group, is transferring rapidly with the introduction of recent fashions based mostly by itself platforms, a few of which is able to supply electrical powertrains.

The primary to reach might be a redesigned Corsa subcompact hatch that Opel on Thursday confirmed might be out there to order in markets the place the model is current within the first half of 2019. The brand new Corsa will supply an electrical choice, making it Opel’s first electrical automotive for the reason that Ampera-e was launched two years in the past. The Ampera-E is solely a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt EV and can probably be dropped shortly from Opel’s lineup.

No particulars on the electrical Corsa have been revealed however Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller guarantees a aggressive value.

“The brand new Corsa will make electro-mobility reasonably priced for a lot of clients, will probably be an actual electrical automotive for the individuals,” he stated.

Michael Lohscheller

Michael Lohscheller

By the tip of 2020, two extra electrical Opels might be out there. One might be an electrical model of the Vivaro van and the opposite an electrical model of a redesigned Mokka X subcompact crossover SUV.

The brand new Mokka X has been spied in prototype type. It has been developed alongside the three Crossback from fellow PSA Group model DS, which was unveiled in October on the 2018 Paris auto present. An electrical model of the three Crossback encompasses a 50-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery good for 186 miles of vary, and related numbers ought to function within the electrical Mokka X.

Opel’s electrification technique additionally requires plug-in hybrid tech. In 2019, the automaker will add a plug-in hybrid choice to its Grandland X small crossover. An electrical motor on the rear axle will work with an inner combustion engine on the entrance to type an all-wheel-drive system and generate a mixed 300 horsepower.

Why all of the curiosity in Opel? As a result of it is rumored to be the main model being thought-about for PSA Group’s deliberate entry in the USA subsequent decade. The French auto big, which additionally controls the Peugeot and Citroën manufacturers, is predicted to decide shortly on what model(s) it can deliver to the U.S.

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