Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:19:23 +0000
Published on June 30th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
June 30th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
The first thing to notice about the brand new Opel Mokka Electric, cousin to the brand new Citroën ë-C4, is that the color scheme used to announce the new 100% electric model is designed to excite while also infusing a sense of environmental wisdom.
Like the ë-C4, the Mokka Electric offers 100 kW (136 hp) of power from its electric motor, and 260 Nm of instant torque.
Also like the ë-C4, the Mokka Electric can handle 100 kW of charging to get 80% charge in 30 minutes and 11 kW of charging for a 5 hour charge at home or elsewhere.
I think you’re getting the picture — these two models are built on the same powertrain and almost identical in terms of performance and features.
One interesting difference in the press releases, though, concerns the range. The Opel news release highlights 322 kilometers (200 miles) of range on a full charge in “Normal” mode while mentioning that you can get the maximum range in “Eco” mode — but it doesn’t indicate what that max range is. The Citroën ë-C4 news release doesn’t mention range on “Eco” mode, only stating the max range is 350 km (217 miles), but it does state that there are Eco, Normal, Sport modes. I presume the ë-C4 has the same “Eco” mode range and the same range on “Normal” mode as the Mokka Electric — since these are the same vehicle with different skin and labeling.
Here are some more feature highlights
“Despite a slightly longer wheelbase (+2 mm), the new Mokka is 12.5 cm shorter than the previous generation while offering its five passengers a similar loading space of up to 350 litres in its luggage compartment. Its total length of only 4.15 metres makes it super-easy to manoeuvre and park in urban and suburban areas. …
“The newcomer also stands out as the first model that features the future brand face and next generation fully digital cockpit: the Opel Vizor and the Opel Pure Panel, respectively. Neither analogic displays nor fancy, useless decorative animations: The experience is clear and clean, the information provided is focused on what is really needed. Detoxed. The horizontally stretched instrument panel integrates two widescreen displays; the one in front of the driver is up to 12 inches in size. However, to allow intuitive usage and the driver’s continuous focus on the road, Opel designers kept control buttons for essential functions, avoiding hazardous exploration into sub-menus.”
Yet again, I have to note that it’s amazing — when you charge an automaker high fees/fines if it doesn’t sell any clean vehicles, instead selling entirely or almost entirely pollution-spewing vehicles, the automaker can turn around and sell a compelling 100% electric model! Who would’ve thought it?
You can order the Mokka Electric later this summer from Opel dealers, and it is expected to be delivered in early 2021.
I’ll close with this highlight from Opel, which it seems particularly proud of: “An absolute highlight in this segment is the adaptive IntelliLux LED matrix light with a total of 14 elements. As with the Opel Insignia, Opel Astra and the new Opel Corsa, the lighting system enables driving on permanent high beam. In order to not glare their drivers, the individual LED elements can get off or deem down in milliseconds to ‘cut’ oncoming vehicles or vehicles driving in front out of the light cone – nobody is dazzled yet Mokka passengers experience stadium-like illumination. In the rear, the choice for LED-only technology has allowed designers to go for very thin, stretched lights enhancing the feeling of precision and quality.”
For more specs, I recommend reading up on the Citroën ë-C4.
What do you think of this 100% electric Opel Mokka Electric, and Groupe PSA’s electric offensive in general? Are they catching the electric wave? Is it too little, too late? Is it an electric hat trick?
All images courtesy Opel Automobile GmbH.
Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.