Opel to launch electric Corsa made in Spain
Opel specified plans to launch an all-electric Corsa by 2020 and wants to build the EV in its facility in Spanish Zaragoza, making it the first factory in Europe to produce an all-electric Opel/Vauxhall model.
The Corsa hatchback is due for a makeover in 2019 and PSA-owned Opel uses the occassion to issue an all-electric Corsa variant the year after. The new model must fill the gap the Ampera-E aka Chevy Bolt left after an not entirely amicable change in ownership from GM to PSA.
In the wider context of PSA, the new electric Corsa will fall in line with Renault’s Zoe for example and it marks Opel’s move away from GM architecture and into PSA’s dedicated building base for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Opel said in a statement all versions of the Corsa will be built in its factory in Zaragoza, Spain, making the plant the first PSA Group factory in Europe to produce a full-electric Opel/Vauxhall model.
The Corsa will be one of four electrified models in the Opel/Vauxhall portfolio by 2020. According to the strategic plan PACE!, all European Opel/Vauxhall passenger car models will have an electrified version by 2024 (we reported).