Vauxhall Mokka Electric review: range, battery & charging
With a maximum range of over 200 miles, the Mokka Electric is ideal for those with a short commute, while 100kW charging means it can handle longer journeys, too
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|209 miles||50kWh||7hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||31mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
Although it might be a hindrance on longer journeys or for completing lots of business miles, the Mokka Electric’s 209-mile range is ideal for short commutes and driving around town. Plus, it’s certainly more usable than the closer-to-100-mile range you can expect from the Honda e or MINI Electric.
It's worth noting that cars ordered from March 2023 get a bigger battery for a longer 252-mile maximum range. We've not yet driven this model, but will update our review accordingly as soon as we get the chance.
Vauxhall Mokka Electric range
On a full charge, the Mokka Electric has a maximum charge of 209 miles. That figure applies to cars delivered from December 2021 on, when technical updates were made to boost the original figure of 201 miles. A further update due in March 2023 sees battery size increase from 50kWh to 54kWh, which Vauxhall claims will boost the car's range further to 252 miles. Even so, this is still less than what you’d get in a Kia Niro EV or a Renault Megane E-Tech.
In our extended time driving the Mokka Electric, we returned an average efficiency of 3.9 miles/kW which equates to a range of around 195 miles – not far off Vauxhall’s claimed figure. There’s a calculator on the brand’s website which provides an estimate of what kind of range you can expect depending on where you’re driving; those around town can apparently expect over 300 miles on a charge, while cold conditions and high-speed motorway driving can reduce range to as little as 130 miles.
If you’re able to find a public rapid charger capable of at least 100kW, you can top up the Mokka Electric from 10-80% battery capacity in 30 minutes. Our experience is you’re more likely to find a 50kW rapid charger in the UK, but one of those can still add 100 miles of range to the car in around 20 minutes.
Most owners are likely to do the bulk of their charging using a wallbox at home. Vauxhall claims it'll take you five hours to charge the Mokka Electric from flat to full using an 11kW charger, but this speed is only achievable with three-phase electrics – something most UK homes don't have. We expect it'll take roughly seven or eight hours at 7.4kW, which is the maximum speed of most home wallboxes on single-phase electrics.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe head-turning Vauxhall Mokka Electric won’t shock you out on the road, but it’s high price might
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingWith a maximum range of over 200 miles, the Mokka Electric is ideal for those with a short commute, while 100kW charging means it can handle longer journeys, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Vauxhall Mokka Electric is very expensive to buy, but should be cheap to run thereafter
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Vauxhall Mokka offers a sedate driving experience, so keen drivers should look elsewhere
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThere are some cheaper materials and the infotainment can be a tad laggy, but the Mokka’s interior is ergonomic and well-equipped nonetheless
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mokka Electric isn’t quite as spacious as rivals, but should be sufficient for small families
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Mokka Electric fell short of full marks in Euro NCAP crash-testing, but the car does pack plenty of safety kit and features a well tested electric powertrain