Opel Ampera-e First Drive, In The Land Of The Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video

Opel Ampera-e

MAR 10 2017 BY MARK KANE 10


Chevrolet Bolt EV

Opel Ampera-e is not even on sale yet in its most important markets in Europe – it kicks of in June in Norway. Interestingly enough, the EV was spotted earlier this year in California, where it will not be offered at all.

Opel was doing some first drive demonstrations and a photo session, as you can see in the set of new wallpapers below. The Ampera-e will be produced together with Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The performance numbers for both cars are, of course, identical, despite different results on official tests:

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV: 238 mi (383 km) of range by EPA
  • Opel Ampera-e: 323 mi (520 km) of range on the NEDC test, which is more than 236 mi (380 km) in Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

Both cars are equipped with a 150 kW/ 360 Nm electric motor (FWD) and a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery using LG Chem cells. Acceleration from zero-to-60 miles per hour takes around 7 seconds.

The difference is in the on-board charging connectors, since the CCS charging standard is different in U.S. and Europe, as well as some minor details and adjustments.

New set of wallpapers:

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

Opel Ampera-e (wallpaper 2,560 x 1,700+)

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10 Comments on "Opel Ampera-e First Drive, In The Land Of The Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video"

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Gosh that video is so boring.. Looks like B-roll… Needs a narrative audio track.

And, unfortunately GM is bailing out of Europe by selling Opel/Vauxhall.

So I guess GMs loss will be Tesla’s gain there.

That doesn’t mean that GM didn’t make agreement to continue to sell Ampera to PSA for release in Europe.

Yes, really, GM should sell not only the Ampera-e (or Bolt) in Europe, but the Volt II as well. It is really needed among all those so called European PHEVs with only 15-30 km e-range.

Only slight disappointment with the BOLT ev (and presumably the Ampera – E) is that getting 323 miles must be VERY HARD.

Its not like my ELR that supposedly gets 35-38 miles AER and can during the spring and fall get 60 miles.

The weather has been very bad but it is a bit challenging to get 238 miles AER. During spring or fall it will be interesting to see exactly what is necessary to get 323 miles on one charge.

slower driving around 40-45mph in mild weather (65 deg) in the back country road would do it..

Just warmed up where I am, mi/kWh jumped from 3.3 to 4 instantly. Don’t fret too much, you should be able to get 238 under good conditions.

323 would be ridiculous. Silly NEDC. Some looky-loos at the graphs today indicate you’d have to do around 35mph steady state with the climate off to get 323.

Auto-Lobby is strong in Europe, so they cheat everywhere they can, be it emissions or consumption.

The NEDC test was developed with joint feedback from the manufacturers. During the test, in order to get as high numbers as possible, the cars are stripped of non-essential interior to reduce weight (who needs a back-seat, or passenger seat anyway). The air condition unit is not simply switched off, it is removed, as well as entertainment system, and one of the rear-view mirrors and even door handles. All gaps, dents at the doors or hood are sealed with a special duct-tape to reduce drag coefficient, and they use special tires which are inflated way beyond normal pressure for the regular kind, to minimize rolling resistance.

Then they get certified test results that can be used to screw the customer over once more , and also cheat on emission taxes (the average car has between 20% to up to 50% higher fuel consumption than the data-sheet says, and the latter counts for the tax)

I’ve managed to get the NEDC range once in my Ampera, and that was driving at about 50 mph in a long line of cars following a granny for miles on a warm summer afternoon. Interestingly getting the NEDC range in the Tesla Roadster is easy.

I still don’t get it, PSA bought Opel, the Ampera-e is built by GM and not part of the deal. PSA intends to come up with their own EV platform, so I can not see why they would buy rebadged Bolts from GM to sell them here in Europe as Ampera-e, especially since GM can’t even fulfill the demand in the US. Even if that matter will be resolved somehow, as seen from the past (with that huge price difference between the the Volt in the US and the Ampera in Europe) the Ampera-e will almost definitely be no bargain.