Stellantis has pledged to go purely electric in Europe by the end of the decade, and to get there it’s trying to attract more buyers by gradually curing range anxiety. The Peugeot E-308 was introduced in September ahead of the Astra Electric equivalent late last month, both with a 54kWh battery. With a useful capacity of 51 kWh, the lithium-ion pack is now installed in the Mokka Electric for the 2023 model year.
Thanks to the larger battery, the range of the electric subcompact crossover increased from 338 to 406 kilometers (210 to 252 miles) in the WLTP cycle, which represents a 20 percent increase. It takes about half an hour to charge the battery to 80% provided you are using a 100kW DC station. Interestingly, power consumption has decreased to 15.2 kWh per 100 kilometers (62 miles).
It should be mentioned that the range is slightly less than the aforementioned E-308 (400 km or 250 miles) and the Astra Electric (416 km or 258 miles). With Peugeot upgrading the E-208’s battery, it’s only a matter of time before the matching Corsa gets the extra juice. Spy photos have revealed that the supermini will receive a mid-cycle facelift, which will likely come with the top battery.
Going back to the Mokka Electric at hand, it gets a more powerful front-mounted electric motor delivering 156 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 260 Newton-meters (191 pound-feet). Taken from the Astra Electric, the electric motor packs enough punch for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under 10 seconds and an electronically regulated top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h).
In case you haven’t already noticed, Opel is changing the name of the car. Going forward, it will be known as Mokka Electric rather than Mokka-e. This brings it in line with the recently introduced Astra Electric and logic tells us that the Corsa-e will also be renamed Corsa Electric with its impending facelift.