Opel Ampera

From Opel press: Opel moves mobility forward and makes good on its promise: the revolutionary, sleek and practical Opel Ampera is Europe’s first electric vehicle to enable ‘go anywhere at any time’ mobility. First deliveries of the series production car will be made before the end of this year.

The wheels of the Ampera are electrically driven at all times. A unique 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds an advanced, 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40 and 80 km of pure electric operation with zero emissions – depending on terrain, driving technique and temperature – when fully charged. According to the ECE R101 regulation for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the Ampera consumes less than 1.6 l/100 km and emits less than 40 g/km CO2 (preliminary data).

On the road, the Ampera’s Voltec electric propulsion system ensures lively performance and promises an unrivaled driving experience. Instant torque of 370 Nm enables zero to 100 km/h acceleration in around 9 seconds and a top speed of 161 km/h. The Ampera delivers nearly silent electric drive under battery power and a highly refined NVH performance even in extend-range drive mode.

While independent research shows that the Ampera’s pure battery zero-emissions driving range is sufficient to meet the daily needs of 80 percent of European drivers, it also provides a total driving range of more than 500 kilometers thanks to its range-extending gasoline engine. This is seamlessly engaged to generate electricity if and when the battery has reached its minimum state of charge.

Just as revolutionary as its unique Voltec electric propulsion system, is the Ampera’s eye-catching design. Sleek, aerodynamically-efficient styling encapsulates a cabin that replaces conventional dials and gauges with high-definition color displays and touch-screen functionality.
It is also a car that’s practical to use. The five-door body format provides comfortable accommodation for four adults with flat-folding rear seats and a trunk capacity of 310 liters.

The electric drive unit, located under the hood alongside the gasoline engine, consists of an electric traction motor, an electric generator/motor, and a planetary gear set that improves overall efficiency by reducing the combined rotational speed of the electric motors. Unlike a conventional powertrain, there are no step gears.

In extended-range mode, which activates whenever the battery has reached its minimum state of charge, motive power from a generator is seamlessly inverted to the electric drive unit. The generator is driven by a highly-efficient 1.4-liter, 63 kW/86 hp gasoline engine.

The unique T-shaped, 198 kg, 16 kWh (installed capacity) battery pack is positioned in the center tunnel of the vehicle and protected by ultra high-strength Martensite support rails. It comprises 288 prismatic lithium-ion battery cells and is configured for optimum performance and durability. A genuine industry first, it uses a liquid thermal management system and is the only mass produced battery pack that can be warmed or cooled. Opel’s Alternative Propulsion Center Europe in Mainz-Kastel near Rüsselsheim played a key role in the battery system’s advanced engineering.

The Ampera is as easy to recharge and comes equipped with a six meter long charging cable conveniently stowed in the trunk. Using a standard 230V/16A power outlet, owners can fully recharge the battery in less than four hours and also program the charging time to take advantage of lower, off-peak electricity rates.

Sleek, sculpted and precise: the Ampera takes Opel’s award-winning design language into the EV segment, blending sculptural artistry with German precision. Finely balanced proportions are combined with a low, wide stance that gives the Ampera a dynamic, future-oriented appearance. EVs have never looked this good before!

Distinctive ‘boomerang’ headlamp housings – a new element of the Opel design language – are a clear Ampera identifier, as is its prominent grille and bold Opel badge. Every aspect of this revolutionary car has been designed and analyzed for efficiency. The Ampera is one of the most aerodynamic, energy-conserving vehicles on the market.

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