Opel asked several journalists to take the Opel Ampera for a drive on the frozen Baltic Sea to test the car's capabilities during winter.
"Europe's best-selling electric vehicle" travelled on several stretches of up to 10 km long where the thickness of the ice was at least 25 cm. Opel says the car is capable of running solely on electric power at temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). At temperatures below that figure, the range-extending gasoline engine kicks in to support the electric motor.
The Ampera's battery is preheated while charging during cold weather in order to provide full power capabilities, while the standard auxiliary heating is responsible for warming the interior cabin. During these tests, the fleet of Opel Amperas was able to cover hundreds of kilometers without any problems to report.
As a reminder, the Opel Ampera has a total output of 150 hp (111 kW) and can be driven in electric mode between 25 and 50 miles (40 and 80 km). When the 1.4-liter gasoline engine works, range is extended to 310 miles (500 km). The conventional engine takes care of powering the electric motor and recharging the 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Opel says the Ampera consumes only 1.2 liters / 100 km (196 mpg US or 235 mpg UK), with CO2 emissions of just 27 g/km. It needs less than ten seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and can achieve a top speed of 99 mph (161 km/h).