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May 27, 2021

Italian Post Office orders 1,744 electric Opel Corsas

Poste Italiane orders 1,744 Corsa-e battery electric cars for its emissions-free fleet.

By David Leggett

Opel has announced today that it has received an order for 1,744 new all-electric Corsa-e cars from Poste Italiane, the Italian post office. Deliveries of the battery electric vehicles (BEV) will begin before the end of this year. The goal is a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The Opel Corsa-e was selected in a public tender that was bid by leading automobile manufacturers.

Opel says that with a range of up to 337 km in the WLTP1 cycle, the Corsa-e is suitable for every-day use. The 50 kWh battery can be fast-charged to up to 80 per cent state-of-charge in 30 minutes. The Opel BEV is ready for all charging options – via wall box, high-speed charging or cable for household sockets – and an eight-year/160,000km warranty covers the battery.

According to Opel, its Corsa-e offers technologies and assistance systems more often found in higher market segments. The top features include the adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light that Opel offers for the first time in the small car segment.

If the Corsa-e leaves the driving lane unintentionally, active lane assist applies gentle corrective steering. With Active Drive Assist engaged, the car is kept in the centre of the driving lane.

Adaptive cruise control maintains a certain following distance to the vehicle ahead, using radar and camera sensors. The system offers additional stop and go functionality, braking the car to a standstill and following the vehicle ahead in traffic jams. Side blind zone assist and a variety of parking assistants are also available.

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