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Review: Opel Ampera-e

Opel Ampera-e, the pure-electric hatchback had it’s world premiere at the car’s Paris Motor Show in 2016.  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 100 kilometers. 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 large, 60 kWh capacity batteries are cleverly integrated in the underbody. The compact electric car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 100 km/h under 7 seconds. Opel Amper-e also offers ample space for five passengers and a trunk with the load capacity of a five-door compact class car.

The American version, marketed as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, went into production in the end of 2016.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Opel
  • Model: Ampera-e
  • First available: April 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 7s
  • Range: 323 miles 520 km
  • Price: $36,620

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery Type: 288 cells lithium-ion
    • Battery Power: 60kWh
    • Power Output: 150 kW/204 hp
    • Battery weight: 430 kg

     

  • Charge time

    • Charge Options: DC fast-charging at 50 kW, also CCS charging with 4.6 kW
    • Charge Times: DC fast charge at 50kW in 30 minutes (NEDC).  100 km of range in 20 – 25 minutes.

Innovation & Self-driving

Infotaintment and Connectivity

  • IntelliLink-e, Opel’s latest IntelliLink infotainment generation specially for electric vehicles, is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
  • Personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar with expanded functionalities such as hotel booking and parking space search
  • New MyOpel app helps fully exploit the advantages of an electric car, e.g. by pre-heating or pre-cooling the Ampera-e or by enabling the location of charge stations to be considered in route-planning (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • 4 x USB ports (2 x front 2 x rear)
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • navigation system with EV-optimized routing

One Pedal Driving – Braking with the accelerator

  • The Ampera-e allows almost silent cruising while also being able to recharge the batteries when in motion. To do so, the driver just needs to ease off the accelerator in the normal “Drive” mode. The Ampera-e recuperates automatically in overrun and wins back energy from the electric motor that doubles as a generator. The motor’s braking effect is increased when the driver switches to “Low” mode, increasing recuperation. Additionally, the driver can switch to “Regeneration on Demand” for maximum energy recuperation via a paddle behind the steering wheel. The drag torque of the motor is so high in “Low/Regen on Demand” modes that the brake pedal does not need to be applied to reduce speed to a full stop in normal traffic. The Ampera-e can thus be controlled via the accelerator (One Pedal Driving). Obviously, the brake pedal still needs to be applied in case of emergency. Initial vehicle simulation models demonstrated that drivers can increase range by up to five percent compared to “Drive” mode, when applying “One Pedal Driving” with the corresponding full recuperation in dense stop-and-go traffic.

Driver assistance and comfort systems:

  • High Beam Assist automatic high beam control via windshield-mounted camera.
  • Lane Keep Assist with automatic steering correction
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert radar sensors cover range up to 70 meters behind exterior mirrors, alerting driver to road users approaching in adjacent lanes.
  • Following Distance Indication uses front camera or front radar to detect moving vehicles on road ahead and calculate distance.
  • Forward Collision Alert helps in avoiding front-end collisions.
  • Front Collision Mitigation Braking works with Forward Collision Alert and helps mitigate severity of front-end collisions by automatically braking.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking helps the driver mitigate the severity of front-end collisions with pedestrians by automatically braking.
  • Pedestrian Safety Signal alerts other road users to the presence of the car. The audible warning is active up to a speed of 30 km/h.
  • Advanced Park Assist identifies suitable parking spaces, detect a possible obstacles and automatically parks vehicle.
  • Traffic Sign Assist detects and displays round traffic signs such as speed limits and derestrictions as well as many rectangular signs.
  • Rear View Camera showing area behind vehicle on IntelliLink-e touchscreen as soon as reverse gear engaged.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert detection range up to 30 meters at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle
  • Heating for steering wheel and front as well as rear seats.

1 User Review on “Opel Ampera-e”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    Powerful Performance - Long Range
    Reviewed
    Opel Ampera E - I test driven this car

    With so many electric cars coming on the marker in the past few years, it seemed only fitting that Opel would launch one of their own. The Opel Ampera E made its debut at the Paris Auto Show and quickly gained a lot of interest. While to some extent it looks a lot like its American cousin the Chevy Bolt, the Ampera is definitely worth taking a good look at.

    The most important thing to remember about this amazing little car is that it is not a hybrid. The Ampera is an all-electric vehicle that offers impressive performance. In fact, after going for a test ride in one recently, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The Ampera is powered by a single electric motor that is rated at 200 horsepower and pumps out 266 pound-feet of torque. This is more power that a number of four-cylinder gasoline engines on the market. So much power that in acceleration testing, the electric motor takes the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under 7 seconds.

    Under the floor sits a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers drivers a range of just over 200 miles on a full charge. The one drawback to an all-electric vehicle has always been charging time. If you plug the Ampera into a standard 240V charger, you can expect it to take approximately 9 hours to fully recharge. However, there is an optional DC fast-charger available that will charge the battery pack to 80 percent in under an hour.

    I would recommend you pick up the fast charger as the onboard navigation system helps you find nearby charging stations and then plot the fastest route to them. This information is fed to you via a 10.2-inch MyLink full-color touchscreen mounted in the center of the dash. MyLink also gives you full hands-free smartphone integration, access to the GM OnStar emergency assistance system, a rear facing camera, and the Surround Vision system. This is a fun car to drive and offers exceptional performance and range.

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