The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s German cousin has been revealed with similarly remarkable specifications. Opel revealed the 2017 Ampera-e will arrive with over 400 kilometers (248 miles) of range before the batteries peter out.
As Opel notes, that is 25 percent more range than the Ampera-e’s closest competitor, the BMW i3. For those of you doing basic conversions, yes, the range is greater than the 2017 Bolt EV due to a different evaluation scale in Europe. The 400 kilometer plus range is in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle.
“In the Ampera-e we will bring an electric car suitable for everyday use to the market. It delivers an extensive range and will be offered as of spring next year already. The Opel Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget and not a pure 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.
The Ampera-e will feature the same regen on-demand paddles as the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for one-pedal driving, which can also help extend range even further and apply the brakes. Naturally, driving habits, road conditions and weather can affect total range. Opel says 300 kilometers (186 miles) will be a breeze for the Ampera-e.
The 2017 Opel Ampera-e will debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show on September 29, and reach European customers next spring. Unfortunately for UK residents, though, Vauxhall will not be receiving the latest EV.