We’re unsure why the Opel Ampera-e is a game changer in the EV market – or at least why it’s alone in doing so when it’s actually based on the Chevrolet Bolt.
But we’re giving the GM bosses the benefit of the doubt because they look very happy in the attached video. We’re actually going to know well ahead of the Opel launch if this vehicle is indeed making a breakthrough in the segment, since the Chevy Bolt will become available at dealerships across the US well in advance of the Amera-e’s introduction across Europe. Opel is for now in the final development stages – and we can say the designers and engineers didn’t have much work since the Opel version is only slightly different from the Bolt (bumpers, lights, Opel-style interior). General Motors President Dan Ammann recently visited the European division and joined Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann for a test drive in an Ampera-e development mule.
In all fairness, the Opel Ampera-e – just like its sibling the Chevrolet Bolt – should represent a pretty good choice when looking for a great EV. The electric motor develops 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet of torque (360 Newton meters). And the battery range is claimed at approximately 200 miles (320 kilometers). Other EV rivals – such as the Nissan Leaf, only goes for 55 miles (250 km) between charges with its largest battery pack option.