With a NEDC-certified range of 520 kilometers, the new Opel Ampera-e is indeed a revolutionary electric car. It is 4.17 meters long and provides ample space for all the five passengers. Additionally, the trunk space is a whopping 381 liters with normal seat configuration and 1,274 liters when folded.
“Thanks to the most innovative technology, Opel is showing that eletro-mobility is within reach for the mass market. The new 2018 Opel Ampera-e isn’t a gadget, not eco-luxury and not just a second car, it is a fully functional car fully suitable for everyday use,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
Performance wise, the new Opel Ampera-e, according to the marque, should be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds and go on to reach an electronically limited top speed of 150km/hr.
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The 2018 Ampera-e also scores top marks for comfort and safety. It comes with a string of high-tech assistance systems that would otherwise be available only to vehicles in the luxury niche. For example, it is available with Advanced Park Assist. With this high-tech driver assistance system, the driver only needs to operate the pedals as the car is able to automatically find suitable parallel and perpendicular parking slots whenever parking mode is engaged.
It scans for parking spots between parked cars and parking spaces between parallel parked vehicles. And even while doing this, the driver always has an excellent exterior view thanks to the 130-degree rear-view camera. Another clever assistance system is the Safety assistance. This works by preventing the vehicle from unintentionally leaving the lane, getting close to the vehicle in front, and preventing pedestrian collision.
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2018 Opel Ampera-e Interior Design
The new Ampera-e has a pretty stylish interior. There’re a lot of high-tech infotainment, convenience, and connectivity features. Needless to say, it is the perfect match for our digital age. The tablet-like 10.2-inch color monitor is the center for operations for essential operations. Smartphone connectivity can be had via the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functions.
Furthermore, you don’t have to deal with any wiring during charging as smartphones can be charged wirelessly. Also available are features such as Bluetooth connectivity, USB, and voice control. And for entertainment, users of the Ampera-e have a special treat via the Bose premium sound system.
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In addition to smartphone connectivity, there’s IntelliLink. When combined with connectivity assistant and personal service Opel Onstar, IntelliLink is able to offer outstanding Wi-Fi connectivity for all occupants. Furthermore, Opel Onstar can provide directions to the nearest parking lot, charging station or hotel room with a press of a button.
Opel went an extra mile to make seating as comfortable as possible for its passengers. Similar to the dashboard, the seats also feature two-tone styling. You’ll find the inner and center edges of the seat wrapped in black leather and a silverfish gray color adorning the front outer edges. All told, the Ampera-e seat design and comfort level undeniably cut the mustard.
If you’ve already seen the U.S.-spec Chevy Bolt EV, there’s pretty much nothing fascinating to reveal here. It compares in every sense, from the wind-tunnel approved exterior to the exterior lighting.
Be that as it may, the 2018 Opel Ampera-e still has some distinct features of its own. For example, it gets the Opel badge up front instead of a Chevy bowtie. The headlights are somehow sleek and feature beautifully designed LED strip beneath.
Engine Specs - 2018 Opel Ampera-e
The output of the Ampera-e stands at an impressive 204 horsepower and 360 Nm or torque. With such electrifying temperament beneath the hood, it is able to zoom from naught to 62 mph in just 7.3 seconds. Also, users only need 4.5 seconds to reach 120km/h – an important acceleration during overtaking maneuvers.
Top speed is electronically limited to 150km/h.
The lithium-ion battery consisting of 288 cells is capable of generating 60kWh. When using a 50kW DC public fast-charger it only requires half an hour for it to offer a driving range of 150 kilometers. Since the battery pack is underbody-integrated, it not only guarantees safety but also saves a ton of space.
On a full battery, Opel says the Ampera-e should be able to travel to a NEDC-tested, mind-dizzying range of 520 kilometers. And to make things interesting, the marque is also offering a warranty against battery defects lasting 8 years or 160,000 kilometers. That said however, daily driving range is dependent upon external factors and driving behaviors.
As already told, the 2018 Opel Ampera-e is available with a smorgasbord of high-tech driver-assistance systems. In addition to the Advanced Park Assist and Safety assistance already discussed, the latest Ampera-e will also be available with the following systems.
Lane Keep Assist. This one provides gentle steering when engaged at speeds of between 60 and 150 km/h.
Automatic High Beam Assist & Traffic Sign Assistant. From the description, this system provides extra lighting and better traffic sign recognition at night.
Following Distance Indication & Forward Collision Alert. This one keeps sufficient distance for cars in front for safety purposes.
Forward Collision Alert. This works in conjunction with Reflective Alert Display & Low Speed Collision Mitigation to help prevent front-end collisions.
Front Pedestrian Mitigation Breaking & Pedestrian Safety Signal. These two are activated at speeds of up to 30km/h and give out a warning signal to blind or distracted pedestrians unaware of the quietly approaching electric car.
Side Blind Zone Alert & Radar Base Lane Change. Ensures nothing is overlooked as a potential collision object.
2018 Opel Ampera-e Release Date & Price
Europeans love supermini sized cars because they’re big on the inside, small on the outside, and are very practical. In Germany, the entry level model will have a confirmed starting price of 34,950 Euros, and 39,680 for the top-of-the-line version.
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Next in the rival camp is the i3 from BMW. When it came out, it stacked high up among our list of electric cars favorites because of its distinctive interior styling, eager acceleration, and nimble handling. Add these features to better battery range it currently offers and you have a premium, practical EV. Furthermore, its interior is well crafted, its chassis is lightweight, and its driving position is highly customizable. Pricing begins from an MSRP of $55,945.