Opel revealed further information on the upcoming electric Opel Ampera-e, making its official debut at the Paris Moto Show. 


The most important piece of new information concerns the range - in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC, the current standard for range comparisons between different vehicles), Opel Ampera-e will be capable of travelling for more than 500 purely electrical kilometers without recharging. Should this estimate prove real, new the electric compact model will become the best in its segment.

The battery, developed in cooperation with LG Chem, consists of 288 lithium-ion cells and has a total capacity of 60 kWh. The entire custom-tailored battery package is put in the underbody, so it doesn't at all interfere with cabin space (along with the trunk), which is suitable for up to five people with their luggage. Passengers inside feel not only comfy, but can also enjoy the benefits of great digital connectivity, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink infotainment systems and Opel OnStar, as well as a powerful Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices.

Having the battery package located in such a low position results in lower center of gravity and solid driving features. The electric engine's power output is 150 kW/204 hp, helping the compact electric car accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds, mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h, which is especially important for overtaking, is successfully completed in 4.5 seconds (preliminary figures). Its Top speed is electronically limited to 150 km/h for the benefit for the overall range.

The system recuperates automatically in overrun, enabling the car to recharge its batteries when in motion. In the normal ''Drive'' mode the driver is only reuquired to ease off the accelerator, while in ''Low'' mode the motor's braking effect is increased, thus also increasing recuperation. For maximum energy recuperation, the driver needs to switch to "Regen on Demand", enabling him to control the power of braking via a paddle at the back of the steering wheel. In the latter two modes, motor braking does most of the work, so when the driver gets into dense city stop-and-go traffic, he is able to control the car's speed just by using the accelerator (One Pedal Driving).

Sept. 30, 2016 Driving photo: Opel

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