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Opel Mokka-e 2022: greater efficiency and range of electric crossover

Thanks to a series of modifications that we will see later, the Opel Mokka E, the 100% electric version of the well-known German crossover, recently It has improved its overall independence The WLTP course extends from 324 to 338 km.

This is how Opel’s offensive continues to enrich its line of increasingly zero-emissions cars, in light of 2028, the year it intends to market only electric cars, retired from conventional gasoline and diesel, but above all, hybrids as well.

Platform and updates

The new Opel Mokka, the second generation, debuted in 2020, updating the shapes of the beloved B-SUV or Russelsheim’s house crossover. It is now smaller and compact but above all technological, thanks mainly to the new eCMP . platform Inherited from the cars of the previous PSA group (now Stellantis), it is the workhorse that also allows it to adopt fully electromechanics, in parallel with other gasoline engines. It’s actually called Mokka-e but it isn’t much different, at least in terms of aesthetics, compared to the heat-absorbing versions, were it not for the badges on the back and other small details.

However, only two years after his debut, the German company decided that Update some operating logic To go to Efficiency improvement The overall powertrain. We know that electric vehicles are still a niche in development, especially in our market, but more importantly, they have a lot of room for improvement compared to advanced heat-sucking engines. Therefore, there are several measures that each manufacturer can take to improve the efficiency of its electric vehicles.

So Opel decided to install In new releases by Opel Mokka-e (So it is not a retroactive update) New moisture sensor in the heat pump, to make it run more efficient in the case of high humidity and thus save energy when you decide to turn on the heating in winter. This, together with the new gear ratio of the automatic transmission and the low-resistance Michelin Primacy 3 tires (Class A + 17 inches), allows an increase in the value of the autonomy declared on the WLTP cycle: thus passing from 324,338 km on a mixed cycle.

Battery and charging

Thanks to the eCMP platform, the new Opel Mokka-e uses a lithium-ion battery pack From 50 kWh It is clearly placed under the floor of the passenger compartment, between the axles. Permanent magnet synchronous electric motor from 100 kW (136 hp) It is positioned at the front and gives traction to the front wheels. Depending on the driving modes, Eco, Normal and Sport, it is capable of delivering 60, 80 or 100 kW respectively, with maximum performance at 0-100 km/h declared in 9.1 seconds. So the weight is more than contained, about 1598 kg, which is an interesting figure considering the electromechanics and the length of 4.15 meters.

The 400V infrastructure allows the eCMP platform to accept a maximum charging power of 100 kW in DC poles, reaching 80% of the battery in less than 30 minutes. In three-phase alternating current it can be recharged up to 11 kW or single-phase up to 7 kW, in addition to standard local recharging.

road test

The eCMP platform is not new knowledge, on the contrary, it is always good to deal with the modern and technological French platform, designed exclusively for electric compact cars. Due to its small size and somewhat lighter weight, the new Opel Mokka-e It is agile and manageable, with fine-tuning of the steering and suspension by Opel technicians to restore an almost sporty driving feel. Let’s be clear, nature is comfortable and designed to give the ultimate in cities, but the tough and resistant chassis combined with quick steering makes driving fun even in the fast mix.

Although this is a crossover, there are some features that make it stand out from the other competitors. The heavy-duty battery, positioned as low as possible, allows the center of gravity to be significantly lowered compared to its heat-absorbing counterpart, to remain more stable when cornering and produce less roll during fast cornering. The rigid chassis combined with the wheel positioning at nearly the ends of the bodywork allows it to be nimble and manageable, and it looks and feels lighter than it is nearly the way it is. But if you want to take advantage of the “burning” shot it is necessary Set sport modeAll-electric motor delivers 136 hp, although the top speed is limited to 150 km/h.

real independence

In our short test From Milan to the location of West PaviaWe had the opportunity to test the new update on a road of about 80 kilometers in each direction. The road alternates between city and ring road, a short stretch of highway, and about 25 km of state road. In the next stage, Also driven by the competition proposed by OpelWe tried to consume as little as possible, and we arrived at our destination with a greater battery percentage than our other colleagues. Among the precautions taken are certainly a very predictable and very quiet driving style (like a grandfather with almost a hat), turn off the climate and close the windows, make the most of the economy mode and brake (which forces the regenerative braking to leave the car almost at the accelerator) and gently depress the pedal “Gas”.

On the highway, we never went above 100 km/h, making use of adaptive cruise control to be more smooth and linear in order to maintain steady speeds. On stretches of state road we always stayed well below the signage speed limits. Results? Starting with 98% battery, we reached our destination with 79%, Consume only 19% Cut about 80 km. In this sense, it does not seem impossible to touch the 379 km declared by Opel, always in the WLTP cycle but in an urban environment, while we managed to achieve better than the declared 290 km for the road outside the cities. The average consumption at the end of the flight was 10.7 kWh / 100 km, based on the data indicated by the on-board system. Really amazing result.

The other side of the coin? Our driving style forced us to lose 16 minutes compared to the arrival time (1 hour 28 minutes) suggested by Google Maps. As they say, “Those who go slow, go healthy and go far.”

On the way back, we chose instead to proceed in a more relaxed manner, but always pay attention to driving style. The average speed on the highway went up, touching the limits of each section, while on the highway we stayed about 105/110 km/h, then we always drove in the last urban section. right Now Loss rate 24%returning to the starting point at 55%, for a distance of approximately 160 km, with a Total average consumption 12.2 kWh / 100 km.

For comparison, the absolute best result was obtained among the colleagues who participated in this race by consuming only 40% of the battery to complete the entire course.

Conclusions

The range of modern electric vehicles is greatly influenced by many factors, primarily driving style but also the type of track, outside temperature and of course the overall efficiency of the system. Opel offers a nice simulator on its website, which, based on the information entered (such as outside temperature, track and driving style), tells us what theoretical autonomy could be, ranging from 189 km (with temperatures below 0 degrees and road motorway) at 379 km (with 23 degrees and urban road), already updated to the new specifications of the Opel Mokka-e 2022.

Prices for the new Opel Mokka-e They start at a base price list of €37,400 A version under construction, amounting to €41,650 in final setup.

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