There have been wide reports of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV exceeding its EPA-estimated 238-mile range, but the Opel Ampera-e is a relative newcomer to the European market. However, it’s clear the electric car is capable of surpassing its range estimates, too.
The Opel Ampera-e is officially rated at 520 kilometers (323 miles) of range on the New European Driving Cycle, which is notorious for its liberal estimates of range. Testing procedures vary greatly from U.S. standards and new European testing procedures peg the Ampera-e’s range to be 380 km or 236 miles.
However, a television crew from auto mobil decided to put Opel’s electric car to the test. The result was impressive: the Ampera-e covered 750 km (466 miles) on a charge.
The crew traveled at speeds between 40 kmh and 50 kmh (25 and 31 mph) to obtain the incredible distance. They also made heavy use of the Ampera-e regenerative braking system.
An incredible feat no doubt, range, much like gas mileage, ultimately depends on the driving style. With light acceleration and low speeds, electric cars of all kinds are able to cover greater distances.