The Chevrolet Bolt’s European sibling seems to alleviate the common range anxiety problem for its buyers – as the Rüsselsheim-based brand considers the EV comes with a “revolutionary officially certified NEDC range of 520 kilometers.”
This is all thanks to the large capacity 60 kWh lithium-ion battery – which can deliver 150 km (93 miles) of range after just half an hour of charging on a 50 kW DC public fast-charger. You also can rest assured it won’t break down easily – as the pack has been assured with an eight-year / 160,000-km warranty. By the way, in case you already know the NEDC test is actually a bit optimistic, Opel has gone through the trouble of also testing it on the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) driving cycle, with the electric compact’s driving range coming in at 380 km (236 miles) on average.
The Ampera-e is also not your average slouch – the electric motor packs 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 360 Newton-meters for a sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds with the intermediate 50 km/h reached in 3.2 seconds. Opel also announced the performance credential for the 80 to 120 km/h overtaking maneuver, which is aced by the zero-emissions hatchback in 4.5 seconds. There’s an electronic speed limiter though for the upper limit – kicking in at 150 km/h. The first European markets to get deliveries are Norway – in spring, followed by Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland and others later on.