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: 311 miles 500 km
  • Price: $36,620

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    60 kWh lithium-ion

  • Charge time

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • navigation system with EV-optimized routing

1 User Review on “Opel Ampera-e”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    Powerful Performance - Long Range
    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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