2012 Opel Ampera Review

The revolutionary Ampera Opel celebrated its world premiere at the 79th Salon de l'Automobile in Geneva. General Motors Europe President Carl-Peter Forster, said the extended-range electric vehicle and announced its intention to put the car into production in late 2011.

Ampera also be offered the right GD UK sister brand Opel, Vauxhall.

"Ampera is a further demonstration of electrification on the GM car," says Carl-Peter Forster. "It 's an innovative propulsion system Voltec electric type of game-changing technology industry is responsible for energy and the challenges environmental. "

Five doors, four seats Ampera influence the structure of the language of sculptural art Opel awarded accuracy Germany, which includes several innovative design tips Flextreme and GTC Concept car show

"There may be more appropriate to celebrate 110 years of Opel innovations in the automotive sector, as revealed by Ampera," said Alain Visser, Opel, GME Director.

Ampera wheels are electrically active at all times and speeds. For journeys of up to 60 kilometers (MVEG), powered by electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits no CO2. When the battery runs out, the electricity of a motor-generator Ampera extends the range of over 500 km.

Opel Ampera can be plugged into a 230V outlet to charge. GM Europe is to analyze the requirements of a charging infrastructure for electric car batteries with energy companies, including Iberdrola of Spain.

The revolutionary Ampera Opel becomes the first "zero emission, electrically powered car in Europe is suitable for everyday driving. With its electric propulsion system Voltec provides strong acceleration and a high degree of sophistication, seats five-door Opel Ampera four passengers in comfort, offering a useful boot for their luggage, and has a wide range of over 500 km .

"Drive-mail is not only the ecology," says Global Vehicle Line Executive and chief engineer Frank Weber. "Driving is fun, even electronically. Instant, the torque of 370 Nm silent under his right foot seems to fly!"

Opel electric traction Ampera all times and speeds. For trips up to 60 kilometers (MVEG), energy is supplied by the electricity stored in the tip of 16 kWh, the lithium ion batteries.

driving power supplied to the battery, Ampera CO2 emissions to zero. When the battery power runs out, an engine generator seamlessly provides gasoline/E85-fueled electricity to power the unit while maintaining battery life. This approach will be extended to 500 miles, until the battery can be recharged by connecting the vehicle behind the obligation imposed on the normal 230v household outlet.

Opel Ampera gives the driver confidence and peace of mind

Unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle Opel Ampera eliminates the "fear of" giving the confidence and peace of mind that the driver will not be stranded by a depleted battery.

"Advanced lithium-ion battery is the key to get into the hands of consumers Ampera," says Hans Demant, GME Vice President of Engineering. "The research and development center engineers in Mainz-Kastel, Germany to test the battery all day, 365 days a year to ensure that it meets the expectations of our customers."

Opel Ampera battery pack will be produced by GM plants producing lithium-ion first to be operated by a major automaker in the United States. More than 220 lithium-ion cells in a T-shaped pack provides plenty of power. The drive unit near electrical silence delivers 370 Nm of instant torque, equivalent to 150 horsepower, zero to 100 km and acceleration / h in about nine seconds and a top speed of 161 km / h.

Ampera is particularly suitable for driving most of the daily program of European customers. For example, about 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50 km per day.

Opel estimated kilometer electric Opel Ampera cost about one fifth compared to a conventional gasoline car, the current price of fuel.

Technical Specifications

Type: 5-door, front-wheel-drive sedan

Category: Extended Electric Vehicle (E-REV)

Chassis: independent McPherson struts front, compound crank twist axle rear, disc brakes all four wheels, brakes complete recovery maximize energy production, power-assisted steering

Seating Capacity: Four


Maximum speed: 161 kmh

* EV: 60 km (MVEG)

* Total Range:> 500 km


* Wheelbase: 2685 mm

* Length: 4404 mm

* Width: 1,798 mm

* Height: 1430 mm

* Loading capacity: 301 l

Battery System

* Type: Lithium-ion

* Energy: 16 kWh

Electric drive unit

* Power: 150 hp (111 kW)

* Torque: 370 Nm


* Tires and wheel size: specially developed tires with low rolling resistance wheels 17 inch forged aluminum

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