If the thought of having to charge the 2017 Opel Ampera-e for extended periods of time would deter you from considering such a vehicle, Opel wants to alleviate the pressure.
The brand announced the 2017 Ampera-e will be able to replenish its charge with a 93-mile (150 km) range in just 30 minutes when using a DC fast charging station. That means even less range anxiety when behind the wheel, considering the Ampera-e will also go 310 miles (500 km) per its official European ratings before depleting the entire battery.
Although, fast-charging stations are not a common sight in Europe, governments are working to change that. The Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure announced that 400 fast-charging stations will be installed along the country’s main highways in cooperation with service station operators “Tank und Rast” by the end of next year.
The German government has also pledged to invest €300 million in the development of necessary infrastructure in the upcoming years. 5,000 fast-charging stations and 10,000 normal charging stations are set to be installed at service stations along main roads, shopping malls, sports centers, car-sharing and train stations, airports and exhibition centers by the year 2020.
If it isn’t obvious, the world is betting big on electric mobility. The 2017 Ampera-e and its American sibling, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, are just the beginning.