Opel Releases New Ampera-E Video

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 55

Opel Ampera-E

Opel Ampera-E

Opel has released a new video for the Ampera-E.

This video focuses mostly on range, which is listed at more than 500 km*, according to Opel.

Video description:

Range is King: The days when electric cars were just for short trips are gone. With a range of more than 500 km* on a single charge, the Opel Ampera-e is unrivaled in its segment. Find out more about the new Ampera-e: http://www.ampera-e.com

Charged with fresh thinking: The Opel Ampera-e is the electric revolution for everyday use. Despite being fully packed with the most cutting edge technology and outstanding digital connectivity, the Opel Ampera-e still has plenty of room for five passengers and an impressive amount of flexible cargo space.

*Preliminary value, measurement based on the standardized New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Naturally, the maximum range in everyday use deviates from the NEDC values. In practice, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style or additional load influence the range. For more on electric range and how we measured it go to http://www.opel.com/ampera-e

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55 responses to "Opel Releases New Ampera-E Video"

  1. Kdawg says:

    0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The Bolt EV is 0-60mph in under 7 seconds correct?

    1. Peter says:

      60 mph is only 96.56 km/h
      100 km/h is 62.14 mph.
      So the acceleration is probably identical.

      1. Kdawg says:

        I realize that, but I didn’t think 2mph would result in another 0.6 seconds.

        1. Peter says:

          But the video says 7.3 seconds, not 7.6 seconds.
          62.14 MPH is is a 3.6 % increase from 60 MPH. So 7.3 seconds seems about right.

          1. SparkEV says:

            7.3 sec to 62 MPH means almost 7 sec to 60 MPH. That is disappointing. I had hoped it’d be like 6.5 sec. Almost 7 sec would make it full second (or more) slower than Tesla 3.

            1. kubel says:

              It’s still at least a second faster than my V8 powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. If an ‘affordable’ EV of today can outperform a V8 that was in production through 2014 (in the E-series at least), I think we are on a good path.

              1. SparkEV says:

                Even against gas cars, you have to compare cars of similar price and size. WRX and GTI are quicker. I knew that before, but I had hoped that the gap would be narrower.

                At least I hope the car can tow a trailer; in case Tesla 3 doesn’t work out, I might have to settle for Bolt _if_ it can tow.

                1. John says:

                  My Volt tows a small utility trailer just fine. I barely notice it’s there.

                  However, on paper, I have a 0 pound tow rating.

                  I just know if I break something towing, I’m on the hook for repairs.

                2. Jehofa says:

                  as far I know Tesla 3 will optionally have a tow hitch:

          2. Kdawg says:

            Yes, not sure how I got 7.6 #mondaymorning

            Still the Bolt EV was said to have a 0-60 “less than 7 seconds”. Is Opel being conservative?

      2. Terawatt says:

        And it wasn’t 7.6 but 7.3 seconds – half the difference.

    2. Miggy says:

      Best to keep it all Metric and only use 0-100 km in 7.3
      The quote range should be 400km on everyday drive.

  2. apkungen says:

    100 % Silent – Wtf does that even mean?

    1. Goaterguy says:

      Shhhhhhhh…

    2. sveno says:

      maybe it makes your spouse shut up?

      1. ffbj says:

        No one has invented a legal way to do that.

        1. Peter says:

          Maybe it has a built-in noise cancellation car audio. 🙂

  3. EV says:

    just another compliance car 🙁
    will not be available in many European markets, eg. not before 2018, if at all, in Austria which Opel already confirmed according to goingelectric.de forums.
    i had really high hopes and wanted to buy one. Then maybe Nissan Leaf 40kwh facelift…

    1. SparkEV says:

      You mean like how Tesla is a compliance car because it’s not sold in Korea?

      Seriously, this compliance car moniker is becoming nonsense. Compliance cars are only sold for the purpose of getting compliance credits, and nothing else. That’s only Fiat 500e and no other BEV fit that term.

      1. Mikael says:

        *cough* Spark EV *cough*

        1. SparkEV says:

          SparkEV is sold in Korea, a place where Tesla’s not even sold. From that perspective, Tesla is more of a compliance car than SparkEV. You should do something about that cough.

          1. R.S says:

            Thats your argument? It is sold in Korea, therefore it is less a compliancy car than the Model S?

            I have dug up some numbers, while they are hard to get, in the ones I found, the Spark sold either 0 or 5 a month and once 2 (a while back). Where the i3 for example sold between 40 and 100 and the Soul EV between 80 and 220.

            So yea, the Spark EV is pretty much a compliancy car, assembled in Korea. A bit better than the 500e, still pretty close.

            1. SparkEV says:

              Going by the logic originally mentioned, Tesla is compliance car as seen from Korea since it’s not available in Korea. Even 1 sale in Korea is infinitely more than unavailable Tesla.

              Obviously, SparkEV isn’t a compliance car, and neither is Tesla, and the original comment is wrong. Compliance car is not car that’s not available in your area, but car that’s only sold in compliance states. As of now, that’s only 500e.

              When you twist the definition, you get nonsensical answers like Tesla as compliance car. Deal with it if you want to call a car that’s sold outside of compliance areas as “compliance cars”.

          2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Denying that the SparkEV is a compliance car doesn’t actually mean it’s not, Sparky. Denying reality doesn’t actually change reality.

            As far as which EV are mere compliance cars in the American market: I count no less than 19 models on the InsideEVs Monthly Plug-in Sales Scorecard that sell less than 450 per month, and that does include the SparkEV.

            Arguably the pre-2016 American version of the BMW i3 REx is also a compliance car. Altho it’s sold in greater numbers, it was deliberately crippled (as compared to the European version) to earn BMW more carbon credits.

            I can certainly see why a European would label the Ampera-e a compliance car. It won’t be sold in Europe in above compliance car numbers, despite the fact that the American version, the Bolt, will be sold much more widely. At least, not in the first year or two of sales. We’ll have to see if GM makes it more widely available in Europe in future years. We can hope it will eventually move out of the mere compliance car category.

            1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              Clarification: Not all of those 19 car models mentioned above are compliance cars. Some are expensive limited production cars which, unlike compliance cars, are actually priced high enough to make a profit… or at least high enough that the auto maker can hope to eventually make an overall profit. One example would be the BMW i8; clearly not a compliance car, despite low sales numbers in the American market.

            2. SparkEV says:

              Seriously? i3REx is a compliance car, because it had features in mandate? Tesla has hell of a lot more features for mandate, so Tesla is even more of a compliance car.

              Stop making up sh*t to change the definition to fit your delusion. There is only one compliance car and that’s 500e. Once that’s gone, there won’t be any compliance BEV.

        2. wavelet says:

          (-:
          Which is unfortunate, of course, because GM actually did the engineering in house, and learned from it — the Spark EV could have been a decent commercial city car (and the name, which dates to the Daewoo ICE car several years earlier, fits very well too…)

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            wavelet said:

            “…the Spark EV could have been a decent commercial city car…”

            I think not. Auto makers make very different decisions about what goes into a car when it’s a compliance car model vs. a normal car model intended to make a profit.

            For a low volume, “test market” or compliance car, the auto maker will choose designs and parts intended to minimize development costs and overall production costs, even if that means accepting a higher per-unit cost. For example, Toyota farmed out the manufacture of the EV powertrain for the RAV4 EV to Tesla, because that saved them on development costs, even though they had to pay Tesla a profit margin, increasing the per-unit cost. The RAV4 EV was described as a “test market” car, which means it was indeed a compliance car.

            Contrariwise, for cars intended to make an overall profit on the model, auto makers will accept higher development costs if it means a lower per-unit cost when mass producing the car.

            Perhaps something similar to the SparkEV could have been made at a profit, but not that actual model, which clearly was never meant to be more than a compliance car… despite all of Sparky’s denials.

            1. SparkEV says:

              Obviously, you believe that SparkEV is made of pure gold, so you can’t believe it could be profitable at any price. I don’t blame you for such delusion. It is one hell of a car.

              But the reality is, small volume and “test market” car is not compliance car. Compliance car is just that; to meet compliance and only for that purpose. To equate SparkEV (not sold in Europe) and Tesla (not sold in Korea) to cars like EV1, FitEV, Rav4EV, 500e that were only sold for compliance is to twist the definition of compliance car to mean any car that’s not available where you live.

              As mentioned several time before, if you see Amepera-e as being compliance car, you have to see Tesla as compliance car, because it’s not sold in Korea where SparkEV is. But then, logic escapes you when it comes to SparkEV as you believe it to be the most expensive car in the world to be forever unprofitable.

          2. SparkEV says:

            GM announced planned sales in Europe in early days of SparkEV to cancel them later. That’s probably when they made some breakthroughs with Bolt (cell price negotiations).

            If not for things like US tax credit and much lower cell pricing to be able to offer bigger battery cars, SparkEV would definitely be sold much wider as was originally announced.

    2. bro1999 says:

      Spark EV wasn’t just a compliance car…it was also used as a guinea pig for Gen 2 Volt/Bolt research.

      Technically, ALL EVs made by the traditional big automakers are compliance cars.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        You are attempting to confuse the meaning of “(California) compliance car” to the point of meaninglessness.

        Any car sold in large numbers isn’t a mere compliance car. That certainly includes the Leaf, the Volt, the Ford Fusion Energi, the VW e-Golf (worldwide sales, not just North American), and many other plug-in EVs anyone could name. It will also include the Bolt when that goes into production.

        1. SparkEV says:

          Then Tesla is compliance car. They make cars to help meet compliance of other carmakers by selling / sold credits.

          The definition of compliance car has to do with compliance and only compliance. Once you broaden it and view it objectively, it must include Tesla as compliance car.

  4. Goaterguy says:

    All this needs is adaptive cruise control and ventilated seats and is a killer deal.

  5. Peter says:

    The Opel Ampera-e front grill looks so much better than the Chevrolet Bolt front grill.

    1. Kdawg says:

      ???
      Other than the emblem, I don’t see a difference.

      1. QCO says:

        The emblem IS the point!

        Regardless of GM efforts, “Chevrolet” remains a low end moniker that simply doesn’t appeal to to many people with enough money to buy nice electric cars.

        1. Kdawg says:

          Sounds like something someone who drives a Bimmer/Mercedes would say. Probably wear designer jeans too.

          Personally I prefer quality over a badge.

          1. Bill Howland says:

            Exactly. When the first Tesla service tech was at my house, I asked him if he cared to drive my Volt to the Pep Boys to find some parts he needed to complete the repair. He said initially, does this thing have any regeneration? I said just drive it in “L” and he said it was very smooth and nice, with plenty of power for everyday driving.

            Another tesla tech also told me he was considering picking up a used volt for himself seeing as it was such an excellent value and a fine electric car by any standard.

            And these raves are from two TESLA employees. ‘Nuff said.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    Umm,, not that new a vid – I referenced this one when commenting on the car a week ago.

    I find it more than curious they ‘hid’ the type of connector on the car – must not have the Mennekes connector ready just yet – assuming most Europeans want to charge at a reasonable rate. (7 kw).

    It is also interesting that they mix English and Metric units for the same thing – namely it goes 500 kilometers, but the dashboard display length is in Inches.

    Rather like giving the torque in metric but the power in London Draw Horses- except the former’s items were both talking about exactly the same thing – length.

    1. wavelet says:

      Actually, giving the dashboard display diagonal (it’s always diagonal wirth displays, not length or width) in inches is the global practice in the display component & computer industries, even in metric markets. There are a small number of cases where that’s the case…
      Another is automotive & bicycle wheel sizes, whihc are always in inches (with the exception of the French 700C bicycle wheel),
      and a third is flight altitude for powered aircraft which is globally given in feet, not metric (IIRC, only China & Russia do it in metric).

  7. Apkungen says:

    If only they would have had at least 100kW charging up to 80 % SoC they would have added over 10km/min making it faster than many teslas (since Tesla cars uses more energy). Now it will just be a good car. With that type of fast charging it would have been the best car in the world no doubt.

    1. sharkvolt says:

      What sense does it make to offer the Bolt with higher than 50 kw DC charging, when there are virtually NO charging stations in the US that are capable of higher than 50 kw charging?

      1. hari says:

        When the charging stations are there, they can be made use of if you built the car right in the first place. Thats the difference.

  8. Bret says:

    “Range is King:”

    I’m sure glad somebody besides Tesla has finally figured that out. Nissan and BMW are still trying to convince us we only need 100 miles of range. 200 miles is the new minimum.

    Competition is good and I’m glad to see GM providing some. Bolt and Model 3 are both outstanding.

    1. Clive says:

      By the time GM ramps up production Nissan will just pull a large battery out of their ass and the party will be over

      1. Bret says:

        I disagree Clive.

        The LEAF needs a whole new design and a facelift. It’s looking pretty dated for a 2017 EV and it had polarizing looks to begin with, way back in 2010. Plus, the performance isn’t even near the i3, Bolt or M3. Zero to 60 in ten seconds isn’t going to do it.

        Nissan needs a lot more than a bigger battery for their next EV. They need a whole new car.

  9. Another Euro point of view says:

    The fact they seem to want to do some good marketing to sell this car makes me think it will be reasonably priced in Europe. Otherwise they probably wouldn’t bother investing.

    1. hari says:

      I’m surprised at them doing ads already!

  10. Fabian says:

    This video is very ‘hip’ and ‘cool’. I think that the Bolt/Ampera is being marketed here to the wrong age and financial demographic.

    I like the Bolt and will definitely get it; I am on the pre-order list at several CA dealerships, but I certainly don’t think this car is ‘hip’ and ‘cool’. That’s a market in which the model 3 fits into better.

    1. Robert Middleswarth says:

      I think they are aiming for the young as they tend to care more about the environment and that is their primary market and they know it.

  11. Clive says:

    Battery is King

  12. goodbyegascar says:

    I am a Tesla enthusiast first, but the Chevy Bolt/ Opel Ampera-e has greatly improved my respect for General Motors as a whole.

    I like the Bolt’s combination of high seating position in a front-wheel drive compact CUV. And its Tesla-style drivetrain, of course.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      It doesn’t have a Tesla Style drivetrain. All Teslas to date are asynchronous.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Perhaps he was referring to the “skateboard” design, with a flat battery pack underneath the floor.