Opel Ampera-E (Chevy Bolt EV) Goes 466 Miles On Single Charge

2 months ago by Anthony Karr 49

Of course, at speeds of between 25-31 mph, but that’s still an amazing achievement.

The Opel Ampera-e, a rebadged version of Chevrolet’s Bolt EV for the European market, might not be the safest vehicle on the road today, but at least it is one of the most energy efficient machines out there. We are not making this statement only judging by its official figures, as the German manufacturer has provided an impressive real-world number – 466 miles (750 kilometers) on a single charge of the batteries!

Opel Ampera-e

According to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Ampera-e could travel up to 323 miles (520 km) before running out of juice, while the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) standard, which is actually a shortened but more accurate test procedure, gives it 380 km (236 miles) on average.

However, a TV crew from Auto Mobil, a show on the German VOX channel, managed to travel the impressive distance of 466 miles (750 km) without recharging the batteries of the EV. It goes without even saying they had to drive considerably slower than normal, between 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour) and 31 mph (50 kph), making full use of the brake energy regeneration. We are pretty sure they also never used the climate or audio systems, too.

The two journalists started their journey from Gorlitz, the most easterly city in Germany, trying to reach Aachen, the most westerly city in the country on a single charge in a standard Opel Ampera-e. Some roads under construction forced them to extend their route by about 12 miles (20 km) and this was exactly the distance the duo failed to reach the Aachen town sign by.

It took them no less than 25 hours and 30 minutes to cross Germany mostly through country roads, travelling for exactly 469 miles (754.9 km) before running out of power.

Images via Opel on Twitter

Press blast below:

Rüsselsheim.  A TV crew from auto mobil, a show on the VOX channel, wanted to know exactly what the Opel Ampera-e electric range champion was capable of and whether it could drive from the most easterly to the most westerly city in Germany on a single charge. From Görlitz to Aachen – a distance of 750 kilometers. With an official range of 520 kilometers measured in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) Opel’s electric car boasts a considerably larger range than its current closest segment rivals. And the Opel Ampera-e also impresses when tested approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle (shortened test procedure): Based on this development test, the engineers estimate a combined WLTP range of 380 kilometers. Naturally, the range in everyday use varies and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors. And this is exactly where VOX auto mobil head of testing Albert Königshausen and presenter Alexander Bloch come into play. The duo set off from Görlitz in a standard Opel Ampera-e at the end of August. Their route took them along country roads towards Aachen.

The two journalists took turns at the wheel and patiently reeled off kilometer after kilometer at speeds mainly between 40 and 50 km/h for no less than 25 hours and 30 minutes, making full use of the brake energy regeneration of the Ampera-e, thus charging the battery under deceleration (recuperation). And then the ‘external factors’ had their say. Diversions extended the route by 20 kilometers and this was exactly the distance that the duo failed to reach the Aachen town sign by. When the 60 kWh lithium-ion battery was finally flat, the distance on the odometer was exactly 754.9 kilometers. On a single charge!

Ampera-e combines practicality with efficiency and temperament

Apart from dazzling with its exceptional range, the 4.16 meter long Ampera-e also offers plenty of space for up to five passengers plus trunk space of 381 liters (1,274 liters when the seats are folded down). This is made possible by the space-saving underbody integration of the large capacity batteries. ‘Das Elektroauto’ also offers Opel-typical outstanding digital connectivity: The Ampera-e comes with latest generation IntelliLink infotainment, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Opel OnStar.

Elsewhere, the Opel Ampera-e also shines with its electrifying temperament based on the electric motor with its output that is equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) and instant torque of 360 Nm. This enables it to accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds – times rivalling those of sports cars. Mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h, which is especially important for overtaking maneuvers, is completed in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 150 km/h for the benefit of the overall range.

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49 responses to "Opel Ampera-E (Chevy Bolt EV) Goes 466 Miles On Single Charge"

  1. Jeff Songster says:

    So… if I kept the speed under 25 mph… maybe 500 miles? Gotta love the stunts! Long live the hypermilers!

    1. turboro says:

      The most efficient EV today! When it would have lower and sleek body like to Model 3, it easily would reach even 480 miles and 250 miles in real life with a 60kwh.

      That’s why the Nissan with 40kwh and 150 miles is so dissappointing, even worse than a Renault Zoe with the same battery. it would mean only 225 miles spec with a 60 kwh, where the Bolt easily reaches 230 in real life with worse aerodynamics.

      I don’t like to the Bolt, but it is the benchmark

  2. Bacardi says:

    Good achievement, but it just isn’t real world…If the EV was tailed by a gas guzzling Hellcat, would the Hellcat too get 2.5ish times it’s EPA’s MPG?

    1. vic says:

      Quite the contrary. At 25 mph, the Hellcat is in 3rd gear all the time and dong 10 mpg…

    2. ClarksonCote says:

      I will say that it is real world for city driving though. In other words, if you’re doing a lot of around town driving, you can pull of this range before needing to recharge.

      That’s not unimportant for many potential buyers that live in apartments and can’t charge nightly. If they can drive for two weeks between having to stop to charge at a public fast charger, that is game changing for them.

      Similarly, my wife’s 2012 Volt had 46 miles on a single charge the other day, with 5 miles remaining, from mostly around town driving, with some highway and lots of AC use.

      So those kinds of driving patterns do exist and can be important to buyers. It’s just that they would most likely travel 10-20 miles at a time instead of all in one shot like this example. 😉

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        “I will say that it is real world for city driving though. In other words, if you’re doing a lot of around town driving, you can pull of this range before needing to recharge.”

        Clearly you’ve never tried to actually do that, or you’d know better. These maximum range stunts involve driving at a steady speed, slowing down and speeding up as little as possible. With stop-and-go city traffic, you lose a lot of efficiency from lost inertia.

  3. premium salmon says:

    What is the problem with Ampera’s safety?

    Bolt was proudly tested and praised in the US. Is there any substantial, if any difference between the two tests and results?

    Both can be great cars

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      According to an article i read from GM Authority:

      “The Ampera-e walked away with just a four-star rating and fell short of other vehicles tested that earned five stars. While the Ampera-e performed well overall in crashworthiness, the European organization docked it points for not offering a rear seatbelt reminder.

      General Secretary of Euro NCAP Michiel van Ratingen said, “we know how effective these reminders are at promoting seatbelt use, so this is clearly a big step backward on Opel’s part.””

      1. theflew says:

        In both cases the vehicle is safe. In the first case it was the headlight aiming that was too high. Great for the driver not for on coming traffic. And a seat belt reminder is minor.

        1. Mikael says:

          A seat belt reminder is very serious. A vehicle is not safe if you are in a crash without using seat belts.

          It is also idiotic for them to miss such a simple thing to add to the car and that they know that they test for.

          1. WadeTyhon says:

            It is definitely important… Here in Texas its against the law to not wear a seatbelt and will get you a ticket. Good motivator for seat belt usage lol. Is this not the case in most European countries?

            The front seats will generally beep at you until you buckle up. Not sure about the back seats.

            1. unlucky says:

              There is no rear seat belt reminder, audio or visual on the Bolt.

              Honestly, the best reminder is the parents telling the kids to buckle up. I don’t really see this as a huge deal.

              1. Jason says:

                Yep, every time I get in the car, look over the shoulder, make sure every one has their seat belt on. Don’t need a warning to do that, it’s just habit forming.
                I wouldn’t advocate getting rid of the warning, but it isn’t the end of the world. See plenty of people who drive cars with the warning feature and their kids are either in very sloppy seat belt or don’t have it on, so stopped people will still find a way to ignore this safety system.
                Of course, if you put your bag on the front seat you have to buckle up as well because the warning can’t tell the difference between a person and inanimate object.

            2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              Is a rear seat belt “reminder” a new thing? Or is it a European (EU) requirement that’s not required here in the USA?

              I don’t remember ever hearing a rear seat belt “reminder” in any car I’ve ever ridden in, nor hearing anyone discussing such a thing.

              1. WadeTyhon says:

                Only ever a front seat belt reminder that I have seen. So I assume its a European suggestion but apparantly not a requirement by law.

                Oddly enough the Bolt does have an optional generic ‘check back seat’ reminder after driving and parking. I think this is to prevent valuables from sitting in the open or idiotic parents from forgetting their children in the back seat on hot summer days.

                But you would hope that fear of the death of your child by hot car or ejection from their car seat would be enough to make sure they don’t leave them behind and always buckle up. But no, people need their cars to baby sit them or the police to enforce fines. 😛

    2. Mikael says:

      There are huge differences. In Europe safety is tested, in the US it’s generally just a crash test.

      Safety includes a lot, like measures to avoid to crash, lessen the impact in a crash, warn to be best prepared for a crash and pedestrian protection.

      Go to Euro NCAPs website and look at some ratings and their explanations of the tests to see for yourself.

  4. WadeTyhon says:

    Certainly very impressive. But no one should expect it unless they want to drive backroads everywhere they go.

    Still the Bolt exceeds most range expectations. From my experience, in mild summer weather you can easily expect 270+ miles if most of your driving is between 40 and 65 mph. I have a lifetime of 4.3 m/kwh. 60% of which is city driving.

  5. Another Euro point of view says:

    466 miles, good for an EV. Now, as one European out of two owning one of those dirty diesels, no matter how hard I try I never succeeded in doing LESS than 500 miles on a tank (although I know for sure I could succeed driving many city miles in short trips during winter time). if one wonders why in Europe EVs are not doing better than the current 1.X% market penetration in average despite high fuel price, this provides part of the answer.

    1. F150 Brian says:

      EVs will likely never match the range of an ICE without charging.

      I could do 1000+ miles in my pickup at the speed limit (on a carefully chosen route) without a fuel stop if I tried. With the optional second tank, that might be closer to 2000 miles.

      But I’d rather do 466 on electricity, one day, whenever someone actually makes one.

      1. Kdawg says:

        And a diesel will never match an EV’s ability to wake up to a full “tank” every morning.

        Tradeoffs, but the latter is much more useful to me.

        1. terminaltrip421 says:

          I don’t see him ever refining his own fuel either.

    2. John says:

      Great point. Because driving 500+ miles at a time without stopping is a very common style of driving. Based on that, I think we should end all pursuit of EV technology immediately and hang our hats on diesels- preferably those that only go a minimum of 500 miles at a time.

      Good call.

    3. speculawyer says:

      Can you fill up your diesel at home though?

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Sure, you just need one of these:

        😉

        We had one on my grandpa’s farm. Not sure zoning regulations would allow one inside the city limits, though.

  6. HVACman says:

    FYI, through July GM had sold 865 Ampera-e’s. It would appear they are doing a slow roll-out on the other side of the pond, too.

    http://carsalesbase.com/european-car-sales-data/opel-vauxhall/opel-ampera-e/

    1. F150 Brian says:

      Not sure what you are implying there… the Bolt was the best selling BEV in the US in July and very close last month.

      I guess everyone is slow rolling them.

  7. Kdawg says:

    The German article forgot to mention that they passed 11 Prius during the journey.
    🙂

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      LOL! +1000

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      ROTFL!!
      😀 😀 😀

      Easily the best comment of the week. Or at least the most snarky. 😉

  8. SparkEV says:

    466 miles / 60 kWh = 7.77 mi/kWh. That seems incredible. I’d like to see the dash display of mi/kWh number.

    Another factor might be there was elevation change. What was starting vs ending elevation?

    While this feat is impressive, I think bro1999’s record is more relevant; driving 313 miles across Maryland.

    https://bro05.blogspot.com/2017/06/drive-across-state-of-maryland-313.html

    1. Astros says:

      They included a shot of the dash display, showing 7.8kWh/100km and 754.9km. My quick calculation converts that to 8.0 miles/kWh and 58.88kW used.

      1. Hans Wurst says:

        And Görlitz, where they started, is at 653′, and the destination, Aachen, is at 873′.

      2. SparkEV says:

        Wow, that seems incredible. But this is something anyone with Bolt can verify. Drive 25 to 31 MPH on level ground for few miles round trip and find the speed that gives best mi/kWh. Does it give 8 mi/kWh?

  9. Warren says:

    This only proves what I have been saying for decades. We need to lower the speed limits…55 mph on the interstate, and 35 mph everywhere else.

    http://drive55.org/drive55/default.cfm

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Since 25mph is peak efficiency, then why don’t we just limit everyone to that speed for the ‘sake of efficiency’…

      Seriously, why can’t it be a choice?

      While we are at it, we need to ban all running as well since it just waste more energy too compared with walking.

      1. Warren says:

        Scientists say we have a decade to cut our CO2 output by 50%, and another 50% over the next decade. This is not remotely possible with current vehicles, and speed limits. But what the heck, it is our grandkids who will suffer. Party on!

        1. El Fantastico says:

          If you want to argue like this, then you need to find the ORIGIN of our environmental problems: humans! You might as well say that human kind is the cancer of mother nature! Less humans means less use of valuable resources, less CO2 output, etc. It’s not about reducing a little bit of CO2 over here and a bit over there.

          We as humans need to exercise moderation and learn to restrain ourselves in our “needs” and “wants” but obviously we have given ourselves the right of “pursuit of happiness.” Unfortunately, nature cannot speak for herself…

          Just a different philosophical point of view. 😉

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            “Less humans means less use of valuable resources, less CO2 output, etc.”

            Right; that’s the actual root problem. Telling people to use less and live more efficiently is treating the symptom, not the cause. The cause is 7+ billion large mammals (humans) on the planet, which exceeds the carrying capacity of the planetary ecosystem. Exceeds it by quite a bit, if my understanding is correct.

            Telling people to walk instead of drive is about as useful as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

            If we can reduce the human population down below the carrying capacity of planet Earth, then the fact that a certain percentage of them drive automobiles won’t be a significant cause of global warming. And if we can get people to convert from gasmobiles to BEVs, then we’ll quit poisoning our breathing air!

            1. Jose says:

              Yes, you’re right. And the book “Drawdown,” which lays out the best scientific plans to stop climate change, concludes that some of the most powerful policies to stop it would include improving women’s rights, including education and access to birth control and reproductive rights.

              http://www.drawdown.org/solutions

        2. Shawn Marshall says:

          More CO2 is beneficial; proven.

        3. Warren says:

          I support a mandatory single child policy in the developed world, starting right now. Every child not born here would have five times the impact on the problem. It has as much chance as getting Americans to reduce their consumption habits. I imagine our grandkids digging us up and pounding our bones to dust for entertainment.

    2. SparkEV says:

      Lower the speed limit to 35 MPH in highway, but make that to be the minimum speed. Anyone caught going less than 35 MPH other than on-ramp will get a ticket! That will solve the freeway traffic problem and keep everyone moving at least 35 MPH.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Gosh yes, there would be no practical problem with telling people they always have to drive at an exact fixed speed on all highways, and that they’re never allowed to slow down for anything.

        🙄

        1. SparkEV says:

          Fixed speed? With minimum of 35 MPH, you have infinite choice of speeds, even only considering integer values. One is free to exceed 186,000 miles per second. In fact, I’ll give a prize to the first one who demonstrate traveling quicker than 186,000 miles per hour on the freeway.

          One is free to slow down to get off the freeway if things start to slow down. It’s not like there’s a gun to your head to stay on freeway when things get slow. Why waste time and energy going slow and inefficient when there are other options.

          The whole slow freeway traffic is due to FREE and unlimited slowing down. I’m beginning to realize that most if not all of the world’s ill are due to FREE.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Well, that is pretty good.

    I think there was a Model S85 that did 500 miles at around 25mph as well.

    And I also remember the Gen 1 Volt that made 80 miles+ was also done at around 25mph.

    This just shows that we need more traffics so we can all do 25mph stop/go all day long. J/K.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Mr. Google suggests the record for a Model S 85D is 550.3 miles. With a Model S P100D, 901.2 km (560 miles) on a single charge (see link below).

      It’s been said that the Model S is engineered (and geared) for maximum highway-speed range, and the Bolt EV is engineered (and geared) for maximum city range. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the Bolt EV can beat the Model S for maximum range at ~25-30 MPH.

      https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/21/15845074/tesla-model-s-hypermiling-record-belgium

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        “It’s been said that the Model S is engineered (and geared) for maximum highway-speed range”

        By whom? Your imagination?

        Is that why Model S is geared to reach max torque at 43mph and dropping after that? And max HP at 71mph?

  11. Tom W. says:

    Noteworthy but probably won’t be repeated any time soon … out of sheer boredom. Is this something? It’s something they didn’t crash by falling asleep at the wheel.

  12. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Of course, at speeds of between 25-31 mph, but that’s still an amazing achievement.”

    Not only isn’t it all that amazing, it’s not even a real achievement. It’s just a stunt, like all the other stunts where someone drives a car at 25-30 MPH to max out the distance it can be driven.

    In real-world driving, nobody drives that slowly for hundreds of miles.

    “…it is one of the most energy efficient machines out there.”

    If you want an EV that’s really designed for energy efficiency, check out the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Of course, it has abysmal performance as compared to other EVs — rated at 8.1 or 8.6 seconds (source below) — but if energy efficiency is all that matters, it’s by far the best. By the yardstick of miles per kWh, it would blow right past the distance record for the Bolt EV!

    source:
    https://www.0-60specs.com/hyundai-ioniq-0-60-times/

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