Opel Updates Ampera-E Range Graphic – Now 500-Plus KM, Besting New Renault ZOE

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 26

Opel Ampera-E In Paris

Opel Ampera-E In Paris

Prior to the Paris Motor Show and before the official unveiling of the new, longer range Renault ZOE, Opel had released this range graphic:

Opel Ampera-E Rnage Champ

Opel Ampera-E Rnage Champ

This old Ampera-E graphic had the car’s range at 400 km + NEDC and the BMW i3 was in second place on the chart.

Following the reveal of the ZOE 40 (quite literally – on the same day), Opel updated its graphic to look like this while making its own first appearance at the show (video below):

opel ampera-e range 500 km NEDC update

Note the graphic now shows the Ampera-E’s range at 500 km+ (310 miles) and the improved ZOE is soundly in second at 400 km. It’s also worth point out that the VW e-Golf moved from 190 km on the old graphic to 300 km on this new one following VW’s announcement in Paris that the e-Golf was getting a significant upgrade.

Of additional interest is that in the press release, Opel explains why NEDC isn’t very useful and says that it “tested the Ampera-e approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle (shortened test procedure)” to provide a more valid indication of real-world range. The range result based on this test is 380 km (236 miles), which is just about exactly the same as the EPA rating for the Chevrolet Bolt (238 miles).

We should of course note that unlike the Opel Ampera-e/Chevrolet Bolt EV which was announced almost 2 years ago, and still has a undetermined  price and European release date (mid 2017?) – the new 400 km ZOE ZE was revealed and priced on a Thursday (although we broke the news on the Tuesday) and went on sale on the Saturday.

Something that persons concerned about the lack of any new plug-in offerings (or commitment) yet to materialize from the other half of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, should probably bear in mind as we move past the first major auto show of the season.

Opel Ampera-E Debut In Paris

Opel Ampera-E Debut In Paris

Press blast below:

Opel Ampera-e with Range of Over 500 Kilometers

World premiere at Paris Motor Show: Ampera-e with segment-leading electric range according to NEDC

Rüsselsheim/Paris. This Opel is simply electrifying: The German carmaker is revolutionizing electro-mobility with its battery electric Ampera-e at Paris Motor Show. 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.

Ope Ampera-e out for a spin

Ope Ampera-e out for a spin

“With the new Ampera-e, we continue the largest model offensive in Opel’s history,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The Ampera-e with its outstanding range makes electric mobility fully feasible for everyday use and also lots of fun.”

While the NEDC cycle is important to create comparability, the test cycle does not truly reflect everyday reality. In real world, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style or additional load influence the range. Opel therefore also tested the Ampera-e approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle (shortened test procedure). The WLTP results are closer to real driving behavior. And the Opel Ampera-e also delivers here: Based on the development test, the engineers estimate the combined WLTP range to be more than 380 kilometers. Naturally, the range in everyday use will vary and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors.

Apart from providing ease of mind during long journeys, the Ampera-e can also offer the feistiness of a sportscar. 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 compact electric car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds. And as the large, 60 kWh capacity batteries are cleverly integrated in the underbody, the car also offers ample space for five passengers and a trunk with the load capacity of a five-door compact class car. Furthermore, the Ampera-e comes with Opel-typical outstanding digital connectivity thanks to OnStar and smartphone projection.

“Our Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget and not just a second car. Opel is showing that electro-mobility is also achievable for a much broader audience thanks to the most innovative technology – Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.

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26 responses to "Opel Updates Ampera-E Range Graphic – Now 500-Plus KM, Besting New Renault ZOE"

  1. DK says:

    For a while the Ampera-E will be largely irrelevant for many small markets like here in Finland as most likely one will have to wait a year until it can be ordered.

    1. Blaine says:

      Based on my conversation last month with GM EV reps, it looks like they’re not interested in ramping production to match the level of interest. They were saying the ramp up could take “years” over the “lifetime” of the car.

      I hope I’m wrong

      1. tosho says:

        It’s not that they don’t want to. They can’t! There is simply no battery manufacturing capacity they can use. The Bolt’s batteries will be produced in a small LC Chem plant in the USA. This plant was sitting idle until now – that is probably also the reason for the low price of the batteries. And if GM wanted to build more Bolts LG would have to build more factories or import batteries from Asia. Both options would make the car a lot more expensive.

        1. theflew says:

          Probably want to check your facts. The Bolt EV batteries are made in South Korea. The LG plant in Michigan makes batteries for the Volt and Spark EV.

            1. Jeff N says:

              The article you linked to is from October, 2015. It quotes “analysts” as guessing the batteries would be made in LG Chem’s Michigan factory. They were wrong about that. The batteries for the Bolt EV are made at a factory in Incheon, South Korea. You can see that by scrolling down to the overview section of the Bolt EV specifications in this document released by GM in January, 2016:

              http://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/Jan/naias/chevy/0111-bolt-du.html

              Also, you said: “The Bolt’s batteries will be produced in a small LC Chem plant in the USA. This plant was sitting idle until now – that is probably also the reason for the low price of the batteries.”

              However, your year-old article correctly mentions that LG’s Michigan factory was already “operating at full capacity” at that time making battery cells for the Volt and other GM plugins rather than sitting idle.

        2. RexxSee says:

          Yeah sure, like this experienced giant car company had no clue about anticipating demand and closing deals with battery makers… lol!

    2. Kdawg says:

      When will the ZOE 40 be available in Finland? It’s a 2017 model, so I would assume sometime next year.. but nothing official.

      1. DK says:

        The new Zoe will be available early 2017 and it’s offical. The distributor already called me today and said that they are getting two of them for an autoshow in november and they are looking to get two of them for test drives around that time. So much shorter wait than for the Ampera-E.

        Right now my choices are the Zoe or saving for a while more for a Model S. I’m just concerned about the Zoe’s lack of DCQC and no one pedal driving.

        If VW upgrades the E-Up!’s battery I might be tempted to get that as it was a brilliant little EV.

        1. Pedro says:

          The Volkswagen e-up will get the new Sanyo/Panasonic 37 Ah cells just like the e-Golf.

          The battery capacity will increase from 18,7 kWh to 27,6 kWh, enough for 235 km NEDC range.

          1. wavelet says:

            Interesting. Makes sense, of course.
            That range should translate into ~160km / 100mi EPA-type (“real”) range, and would make the first decent-range city car (and only one so far, given neither the i-MiEV or Smart will get a battery improvement anytime soon).
            The big Q will be the price…

        2. jmk says:

          Rumour says that Zoe customer handoffs start in April 2017 (here in Finland). Ampera-e will probably take several months more than that.

          In other words, big auto pushes these as far back as possible. If everything goes well at Tesla I should be getting my Model 3 by the end of 2017.. so no point in investing in either two (zoe or ampera-e).

          1. mr. M says:

            Do you plan to buy a Model 3 for 60.000€? Otherwise you will most likely wait until the end of 2018.

    3. Viggo says:

      A pity DK. I was able to order mine here in Norway without any problems, and we are not even in the EU.

  2. Chris says:

    Just buy it anywhere in EU and import it to Finland, not much trouble.

    1. DK says:

      Much trouble. I have to pay additional taxes (car and VAT) and I most likely can’t finance it in eg. Germany as I’m not german. Don’t really have 40k+ euros laying around…

      1. mr. M says:

        Since the Ampera-e is supposed to start at a selling price of 40+k€ you are out anyway.

  3. Pjwood1 says:

    GM trues things up, while VW takes American EPA ratings and uses them in NEDC comparisons (as cited on IEV).

    Must be another “Obama’s War”

    1. floydboy says:

      Right wingers, gotta love em……on second thought.🙄

  4. Jean-François says:

    When will the European update the NEDC norm which has really no meaning at all?

    1. Alex says:

      It is indeed ridiculous. Every time I get NEDC figures I multiply them by 0.7 to get something closer to real life. In case of Ampera-e this would be 500 km x 0.7 = 350 km which is more or less correct. Same issue with Tesla.

    2. R.S says:

      The EU will switch to the WLTP in 2017, at least for advertising purposes. The Bolt does (more than) 380km, when tested with the WLTP, says Opel, so (more than) 235 miles at the WLTP, would probably match the EPA cycle.

      I guess it will still diverge a bit, but i do hope that it will at least be realistic. Unpredictable fuel economy, as well as range figures just makes people distrust the system, which makes them more conservative when it comes to buying new technology, as well as underestimate potential savings.

    3. bogdan says:

      Never. For the big players it is legal to cheat on costumers in Europe. Why would they suddenly want to change that?

  5. Anti-Lord Kelvin says:

    I didn’t saw the answer anywhere (but maybe I missed it9. Where the Opel Ampera-e will be built? In Europe, or in the US factory for Bolts?

    1. bogdan says:

      Of course in US. The expected sales numbers in Europe are too low. Even together with Bolt are the expected sales number world wide low.
      Besides, the 2 are actually identical. Only the badge differs.

  6. Lars Hasteup says:

    Here in Denmark it is not even on the Danish Opel page – http://www.opel.dk :-((

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