Opel’s New Electric Car 0
Opel are the most recent company to declare that it will be releasing an all electric car. We expect the vehicle to sell very well considering the markets shifts to electrified vehicles, Opel’s recent successes with the Astra and the Corsa and of course the price range which is set by the company. With all of these factors, why wouldn’t it sell well? There is a reason for this….
Named the Opel Ampera-e, this vehicle is the successor to the huge failure which was the Opel Ampera. This vehicle has been one of the worst selling vehicles of all time and was therefore discontinued. Although, the previous Ampera sold poorly, this was mainly due to its high price tag rather than the car itself, something which Opel have stated they will be reducing.
So the new Ampera-e will be based upon the Chevrolet Bolt because of the GM connections. It has undergone some minute changes in order to become more popular within the European market. This will include some design features, equipment packs and a different chassis. With this being said, the spy shots taken of the vehicle whilst testing in Germany, still show a large amount of camouflage.
The main selling point of the Ampera will be its purely electric functions, the actual technical specifications including driving capabilities and the price tag. We are aware that the Ampera will include a 60 kWh lithium-ion promising more than 200 miles of range. Whilst the 200 horsepower and 360 Nm electric powertrain will mean that the vehicle will be able to do the 0-60mph sprint in less than 7 seconds.
The Opel Ampera-e will be a good vehicle, but at this moment in time there has been no talk of a UK based Vauxhall version. We hope there will be, but only time will tell…