Opel and General Motors may be touting the upcoming, 2017 Ampera-e as the people’s EV, but Renault has something to say about that.
Renault has revealed its extended-range Zoe with an estimated driving range of 400 kilometers, according to Automotive News. You might say, “But, the Ampera-e has 500 kilometers of range!” To which, we’d reply, yes. However, there’s a catch to the 500 km range.
The 500 km rating comes under the New European Driving Cycle rating, which will soon be replaced by the World Light Vehicle Test Procedure next year. That cycle will net the Opel Ampera-e a rating much closer to 383 km, or the 238 miles the EPA estimated in the United States with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The Renault Zoe, therefore, outdoes the Ampera-e by 11 miles. It’s also available as you read this, while the 2017 Ampera-e waits until spring to launch.
If you’re wondering if the Ampera-e is possibly the better value proposition, that’s also likely not the case. The Renault Zoe starts at $26,500, coming in less expensive than the American Bolt EV. Opel has not officially priced the Ampera-e, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper than its U.S. counterpart.
However, it’s just the beginning for affordable EVs, and we can only expect them to become less expensive as their popularity increases in the future.