We all knew it was coming and here in front of the worldwide audience of the Mondial de l’Automobile, the Chevrolet Bolt turned into Opel Ampera-e has officially debuted.
Opel says the Ampera-e is ready to “revolutionize the electro-mobility” as it brings an electric vehicle that is “fully feasible for everyday use and also lots of fun.” It’s of course the rebadged version of the Chevrolet Bolt, but it does come with its own Opel-like design traits. The company also claims the compact EV will go “more than 500 kilometers” or 310 miles on a single charge based on NEDC test cycle, with the real-world range claimed to be around 236 miles (380 km). It has a 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) electric motor for OPC-inspired performance, with 3.2 seconds needed to reach the 31-miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour) mark, as well as just 4.5 seconds for the sprint from 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 kph) before topping out at 93 mph (150 kph).
The Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said the “Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget, and not just a second car,” with “Opel is showing that electro-mobility is also achievable for a much broader audience thanks to the most innovative technology – Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e.” It is yet unknown when the model will be launched across dealerships in Europe, but it is widely believed it will share the same production lines with the Chevrolet Bolt at General Motors’ Orion factory near Detroit.