Chevy Bolt's German borther makes electric mobility "fully feasible for everyday use and also lots of fun."

Opel has used the 2016 Paris Motor Show to introduce its Ampera-e all-electric model, which is set to “revolutionize the electro-mobility.” Basically a rebadged version of America’s Chevrolet Bolt, the vehicle comes with “acceleration and overtaking ability like a sportscar.” Well, at least according to the German manufacturer.

Big words aside, the compact EV is capable of traveling “more than 500 kilometers” or 310 miles on a single charge based on NEDC test cycle, outperforming its closest segment rival currently on the road “by at least 200 kilometers.” Again, according to Opel.

Naturally, the range in everyday use will vary and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors, but still the car will have a real-world range of more than 236 miles (380 km).

2017 Opel Ampera-e
2017 Opel Ampera-e


But the Ampera-e is not only green. Its 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts), provided by an electric motor, will be enough for an OPC-like performance – and it’s even faster than the Astra TCR, Adam R2, Corsa OPC, and Insignia OPC, as revealed in a video a month ago.

While we are still on this subject, Opel explains the electric vehicle needs only 3.2 seconds to hit the 31-miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour) mark, while it needs 4.5 seconds to cover the sprint from 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 kph) before maxing out at 93 mph (150 kph).

“Our Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget, and not just a second car,” Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann commented. “Opel is showing that electro-mobility is also achievable for a much broader audience thanks to the most innovative technology – Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e.”

It remains to be seen when the model will be launched on the European market and where it’s going to be produced. According to e report from earlier this year, the car could join the Chevy Bolt at General Motors’ Orion factory near Detroit.

Source: Opel

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Rüsselsheim/Paris.  This Opel is simply electrifying: The German carmaker is revolutionizing electro-mobility with its battery electric Ampera-e at Paris Motor Show. With its range of more than 500 kilometers (electric range, measured based on NEDC test cycle in kilometers: >500, preliminary figures) the exhibition star outperforms its closest segment rival currently on the road by at least 200 kilometers.

“With the new Ampera-e, we continue the largest model offensive in Opel’s history,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The Ampera-e with its outstanding range makes electric mobility fully feasible for everyday use and also lots of fun.”

While the NEDC cycle is important to create comparability, the test cycle does not truly reflect everyday reality. In real world, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style or additional load influence the range. Opel therefore also tested the Ampera-e approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle (shortened test procedure). The WLTP results are closer to real driving behavior. And the Opel Ampera-e also delivers here: Based on the development test, the engineers estimate the combined WLTP range to be more than 380 kilometers. Naturally, the range in everyday use will vary and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors.

Apart from providing ease of mind during long journeys, the Ampera-e can also offer the feistiness of a sportscar. The performance of the electric engine is equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) thus making effortless starts from a standing position or highway access two of the Opel Ampera-e’s main strengths. The compact electric car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds. And as the large, 60 kWh capacity batteries are cleverly integrated in the underbody, the car also offers ample space for five passengers and a trunk with the load capacity of a five-door compact class car. Furthermore, the Ampera-e comes with Opel-typical outstanding digital connectivity thanks to OnStar and smartphone projection.

“Our Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget and not just a second car. Opel is showing that electro-mobility is also achievable for a much broader audience thanks to the most innovative technology – Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.