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Opel Ampera-e cross section Source Photo: Opel

Opel Ampera-e will be released in spring 2017

The electric car segment will leave the niche market in 2017. And Opel, which has been in a niche market with its predecessor Ampera since 2012, will be the first traditional manufacturer to bring a competitive electric car onto the market in 2017.

At the Paris Motor Show, the debut hit like a bang. With the NEDC range of 500 km and a range of 300 to 350 km that can be expected in practice, the Ampera meets the requirements of many new target groups. The price is expected to be below 40.000 euros, including the still available electric car subsidy in the upper middle class segment. A car with a high utility value for commuters and families.
Equipped with a fast charging connection, the new 50 kW charging stations should be able to charge up to a range of 150 km within 30 minutes. Around 400 of these charging points are to be built by the end of 2017 at the motorway service station operator "Tank & Rast" along the motorways. The federal government plans to invest around 300 million in the development of the electrical infrastructure. By 2020, a total of 5.000 fast charging and 10.000 additional charging options are to be created at prominently located petrol stations, at shopping and sports centers, car sharing stations, train stations, airports and exhibition centers.


Cross-section of the Opel Ampera-e Photo source: Opel

Cross-section of the Opel Ampera-e Photo source: Opel

When fully charged, the battery lasts around a week for a distance of around 300 km for commuters. The acceleration will take place quickly within 8 seconds and the top speed will be blocked at 150 km / h. Thanks to the compact electric motor, there is enough head, arm and leg room for the passengers. A good entry at 1,59 m vehicle height and thanks to the high seating position, a high level of visibility for the driver is guaranteed. Digital instruments are the standard and, as usual, the controls for the air conditioning are located under the info display.

Thanks to the twist-beam construction, the trunk is set low and has a capacity of 381 liters; with the split-down bench seat, it can be expanded to 1270 liters. In the production car, the Intellilink infotainment system is supposed to couple smartphones via Apple Carplay and Android and take over the navigation. The corresponding USB charging sockets are also available as standard.

Opel will therefore be the first traditional manufacturer to place an electric car that is really suitable for everyday use on the market, against which all competitors have to measure themselves and even earlier than the announced Tesla 3. We can look forward to the reactions of the competition. The viral advertising supports the high expectations at the moment.

Source and video and images: Opel


N. Hawthorn
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