Opel has announced it will slap its badge on the Chevy Bolt just in time for the Paris Motor Show in October.
The Rüsselsheim-based marque is using some big words to describe the Ampera-e, saying that it has what it takes to ‘revolutionize electromobility’ at the forthcoming car show in France. In addition, the new entry in Opel’s EV range will have ‘acceleration and overtaking ability like a sportscar.’ Basically the Bolt’s German twin, the all-electric hatchback will be virtually the same as the Chevy model set to go on sale in North America towards the end of the year.
Motivation will be provided by the same electric motor with 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters). Opel says the hardware will enable the Ampera-e to be on par in terms of performance with the company’s hotter OPC-badged models. As a matter of fact, the GM-owned company has organized a drag race to prove the Ampera-e is quicker against the Astra TCR, Adam R2, Corsa OPC, and Insignia OPC.
Since we are on the subject of performance, Opel says its upcoming EV will run to 31 mph (50 kph) in just 3.2 seconds and will need just 4.5 seconds to cover the sprint from 80 to 120 kph (50 to 75 mph) before maxing out at 93 mph (150 kph).
But let’s face it, people won’t buy the Ampera-e for its acceleration or top speed, they’ll get the car for its long range. While Opel isn’t saying for how long the 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack will last, we do know in the 2017 Chevy Bolt it is going to provide enough juice for more than 200 miles (322 km).
According to a report from February, the Ampera-e won’t actually be manufactured by Opel. Instead, the model is expected to be produced at GM’s Orion factory near Detroit and share the assembly line with the Bolt.
At some point in 2017, Opel will also introduce a new Ampera which according to our spy shots will be nothing more than a rebadged second-gen Chevy Volt.
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“e” for Electrifying: Opel Ampera-e World Premiere in Paris
- e-Premiere: revolutionary electric car at Paris motor show
- e-fun to drive: acceleration and overtaking ability like a sportscar
- e-connectivity: always online with IntelliLink infotainment and Opel OnStar
Rüsselsheim. Opel will revolutionize electromobility at the up-coming “Mondial de l’Automobile” in Paris. From October 1-16 the Opel Ampera-e – an electric car that electrifies in every way – makes its world premiere (hall 5-2, booth 501). The car with the lightning flash logo combines pioneering battery technology and localized emissions-free operation with a fun-to-drive experience, as the maximum torque of 360 Nm provides impressive acceleration figures and overtaking ability.
“The Opel Ampera-e makes electromobility fully feasible for everyday use and ready for the future” says Opel CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The Ampera-e demonstrates impressively how well sustainability and driving pleasure can form a unity. And with its strong-as-an-ox electric motor, it delivers pure fun-to-drive.”
The maximum torque of 360 Nm is responsible for the electrifying temperament of the new Opel. The power output of the electric motor is 150 kW/204 hp (PS). Standing starts at traffic lights and entering the motorway belong to the Opel Ampera-e’s favorite disciplines. The compact car sprints to 50 km/h in only 3.2 seconds, acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h for overtaking is accomplished in just 4.5 seconds (provisional figures). The Ampera-e thus performs at the same level as OPC models, the sporty spearheads of Opel.
Fun-to-drive with the Opel Ampera-e also means swift cruising at up to 150 km/h. At the same time, the Ampera-e also offers a significantly longer range than most other electric cars. The unique, compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor. The efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and trunk space comparable with that of a car in the compact class.
Best entertainment: download your favorite films and music
Driving pleasure for the passengers over long distances is provided. In addition to the excellent feeling of roominess, there comes the best in digital connectivity, in typical Opel fashion. The Ampera-e has the newest generation of IntelliLink infotainment as well as Opel OnStar onboard. Subject to availability, the award-winning connectivity and service assistant simultaneously offers up to seven mobile devices access to its powerful Wi-Fi hotspot. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems bring the world of smartphones into the Ampera-e, so that passengers have full access to their favorite music or can download at will their preferred films – just a few examples of the many functions of the multifaceted entertainment.