Opel Ampera-e Gets 520 km/323 Mile Range Rating In Europe

6 days ago by Adrian Padeanu 35

The Opel Ampera-e has been rating in Europe on the NEDC scale…which kinda feels like the test was done mostly travelling down hill!

Opel Ampera-e officially certified with 520-km range

The Chevy Bolt EV Opel Ampera-e might be the cure for anyone suffering from range anxiety considering the folks from Rüsselsheim are saying the city EV boasts a “revolutionary officially certified NEDC range of 520 kilometers.”

It’s possible thanks to a large lithium-ion battery featuring a capacity of 60 kWh, which has enough juice for 150 km (93 miles) of range for every 30 minutes of charging via a 50 kW DC public fast-charger. You won’t have to worry about the battery system taking into account it’s backed by an eight-year / 160,000-km warranty.

While Europeans are still waiting on the Opel Ampera-e to debut in June, it can already be found in front of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Opel Ampera-e

The Ampera-e was also put through its paces in the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) driving cycle, which is actually a shortened test procedure during which the EV’s range was established at 380 km (236 miles) on average.

Range aside, the new Ampera-e is far from being a slouch. Its electric motor producing 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 360 Newton-meters.

If you’re worried it doesn’t have enough power to deliver while you’re performing an overtaking maneuver, Opel says you should rest assured as the zero-emissions hatchback will need 4.5 seconds from 80 to 120 kph. Continue to accelerate and an electronic top speed limiter will kick in at 150 kph (93 miles) to protect the battery from depleting in a rapid manner.

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35 responses to "Opel Ampera-e Gets 520 km/323 Mile Range Rating In Europe"

  1. ffbj says:

    Why does the headline disagree with the article line: “the EV’s range was established at 380 km (236 miles) on average.”

    It does not have 323 miles of range. Maybe you meant 233.

    1. unlucky says:

      Because the headline is the NEDC range while that other sentence is the WLTP range.

      The NEDC is a very optimistic test regimen and thus produces higher figures. That’s the reason for the discrepancy.

      1. ffbj says:

        I heard they were higher but 30% higher, seems a bit unrealistic.

        1. unlucky says:

          Oh, they’re often much more than 30% higher.

          Hybrids are typically more than 30% higher. And plug-in hybrids are much, much further off because the test doesn’t distinguish between not using gas because the car is still depleting its battery (depletion mode) and because it’s very efficient when running on gas (sustaining mode).

          The VW XL1 got a NEDC rating of 260mpg (US) even though it only gets 120mpg (US) when running on Diesel. Read for the details on how the NEDC works for plug-ins at this link:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_1-litre_car#Specifications

          Anyway, the NEDC, because it is run at low speed is very optimistic for EVs which do very well at low speed. Because of the general non-representativeness of this test and how much the car companies in Europe have optimized for the test Europe is moving away from the NEDC over time to other tests which will give figures that correspond better to real-world results.

          1. ffbj says:

            It makes sense why the numbers would be off so much due to their testing methodology.
            I suppose the obvious question is why use that as the headline number, but I suppose the answer is quite obvious too.
            Thanks.

          2. Greg says:

            NEDC is designed for easy comparison of fuel consumption of many different types of cars, tested in controlled (and therefore reproducible) conditions. Test conditions are set at such levels that even small cars or vans of ’90s can pass the test. At some point the conditions will be revised upwards to reflect technical progress and market changes but the general concept of having trustworthy reproducible numbers will likely be preserved.

            For plugins hybrids IMHO the best approach is specifying 2 numbers: kWh/100km in EV mode and l/100km in SoC sustaining mode.

    2. ClarksonCote says:

      You are mixing testing methodologies. It got 323 miles range rating on NEDC, 236 miles on WLTP, and 238 miles EPA.

      1. ffbj says:

        Yeah, I get it now. The NEDC seems way off compared to the other two which are virtually equal, but if everyone knows the NEDC is BS, I guess it does not matter.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          GCR did real a real world Bolt owner managed to get 300 miles out of the Bolt in LA.

          100 miles hwy and 200 miles LA city driving.

  2. Alaa says:

    This means that this car might need just 20 to 30 charges per YEAR. The model 3 will need less charges for the same distance! Twice a month max.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Until the Model 3 comes out, what it will or will not need is all assumptions.

    2. Ambulator says:

      At the base level, the Model 3 will probably need more charges for the same distance. The charges could be noticeably faster, though.

  3. Michael Will says:

    Will be interesting what it looks like on the german autobahn in europe, top speed of the Bolt is limited to 91mph which means you probably need to stay out of the fast lane… I remember an earlier article mentioning 170 miles range when going full throttle, so driving a bit more sane it may still be about 180 miles or 290 km ?

    1. Ambulator says:

      The article was wrong, but you’ll still probably get 160 miles at the maximum speed.

    2. unlucky says:

      I’m not sure what you’re asking. But as a Bolt owner I can say at 65mph with the climate off you can easily get over 200 miles range. In moderate temperatures you could do the same without turning the climate off.

      At reasonable autobahn speeds I expect you could just touch 200 miles if you keep the climate off. But you can’t do 93 mph the whole time.

      1. Adas L says:

        Yes you can, even faster. I’m from Poland and usually my average speed is close to that on highway and I’m far from fastest there. Average, not max.

        1. unlucky says:

          I’m not saying you can’t do 93mph on the autobahn.

          I’m saying if you want to get 200 miles on the autobahn in a Bolt EV you can’t do 93mph.

    3. mhpr262 says:

      I am German. Even with my 55hp Fiat Panda that I hardly ever take up beyond 75mph it is perfectly safe to drive on the Autobahn, and use the passing lane, too. Just use your mirrors and signals and wait a few seconds before a lane change to let the Porsches and BMWs fly past you if necessary.

  4. Alan says:

    NEDC is a laughing stock, about as reliable as a self certified VW emission statement.

    1. Mikael says:

      Thankfully it is gone in a year.

  5. hpver says:

    NEDC is completely unrealistic. I remember when we had a Leaf and the NEDC gave it something well over 100 miles range. Never happened for us of course.

    The WLTP testing method sounds sounds more realistic since it’s ends up closer to the EPA rating for the Bolt (Ampera) here in the U.S.

  6. Texas FFE says:

    The NEDC rating must the best range at the most conservative speed. Just like I was able to get 102 miles out of my 2013 FFE traveling at 40 mph. I wonder what speed you have to travel to get 323 miles out of the Bolt EV.

    1. mr. M says:

      NEDC is ~ 35km/h (22mph) average

  7. Rick Danger says:

    Why would I buy a 238 mile Bolt when I can get a 323 mile Ampere-e??? :-p

    1. ffbj says:

      Yeah, really. The Ampera-E is really going to crush the Bolt in Europe.

    2. Kdawg says:

      But only when you drive it in Europe. As soon as you bring it to the US, the range drops. 😀

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        Range really drops because of the different plug too.

  8. Texas FFE says:

    I’m sorry but a lot of the posts I’m seeing on this article are just stupid. If you are going to own an EV then occasionally you are going to have to stretch the limits and you need to know what those limits are. I know that many of you don’t like to drive conservatively and I would prefer not to but sometimes you have to drive slower to get there quicker.

    Of course the NEDC is not based on normal driving conditions but there is still value in the NEDC ratings. When you need to stretch the limits then the NECD ratings let you know what your car’s limits are. But it’s up to you to figure out how to drive so that you can achieve the NECD rated range.

    1. Djoni says:

      Then, why not publish a conditional range. Maximum possible range with all precaution and lowest wild driving.
      So you would have a 160-330 miles range depending on your habit with the average being done, say 233 miles.
      Of course this is just intellectual, because everyone here knows what cause that discrepancy.

    2. SparkEV says:

      With DCFC, slower driving is not always quicker. SparkEV is quickest when driven at 70 MPH, allowing about 1100 miles in 24 hours (about 45 MPH average speed) with multiple DCFC. But higher/lower driving speed result in lower average speed.

      For example, if you’re going 130 miles, SparkEV could do that at 24 MPH without charging, taking 5.4 hours. But if you drive 70 MPH for 50 miles each for DCFC of 30 min (17 min charge, 10 min to get to/from DCFC), you could get there in 2.8 hours.

  9. Some Guy says:

    Fake range!

    1. menorman says:

      Alternative range.

  10. Bill Howland says:

    Actually these NEDC numbers work for me since I seem to drive much like them. Its also interesting to me that I also use household electricity more as the average European, as opposed to the average American.

    (ALmost all heating applications I try to do non-electrically).

    So I’m encouraged by the 323 mile rating. Several trips I plan to take in my new BOLT are around 290 miles.

    And for me, that isn’t pushing the limit. I almost ran out of juice 6 times in my Roadster, and actually only ran out once, due to not understanding precisely where the guess-o-meter would be when the car konked out.

    But I’ve learned to keep the ‘travel charger cord’ and extension cord in the trunk, just in case.

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