Opel set to launch first electric car dubbed Ampera-e in 2017

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 15, 2016

By now, electric cars have finally established themselves as viable alternatives to their gas guzzling counterparts. And it's not hard to imagine why. Indeed what could be cooler than a state-of-the art vehicle that helps protect the environment with its zero pollution mobility? Opel's answer is the Ampera-e, its new battery electric car set to be launched by 2017, which is a copy of the Chevrolet Bolt.

According to Opel, the new electric car will go farther on a full charge than most electric cars available in the market today. It is also be priced cheaper than its competitors. This is made possible due to Opel's experience and expertise gained from its previous hybrid model, the original Opel Ampera, which set the standard for modern electric cars back in 2011.

GM Chairman and CEO May Barra made the announcement at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany. Barra revealed that Opel and parent firm General Motors have always viewed a future where electric cars play a vital role in meeting its transportation needs. Barra added that Ampera-e's contribution in making this vision a reality lies in the technological advancements incorporated into the new car's design.

The new battery electric car is likewise an affirmation of Opel's reputation for innovative engineering. For Opel Group CEO Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, the new Ampera-e is Opel's response to the growing trend of environmental awareness among car buyers. According to Neumann, electric cars have the potential to contribute to the worldwide efforts in reducing emissions as well as keeping climate change in check.

Another advantage Ampera-e has against other electric cars is its affordable price. With the Ampera-e having eliminated the common problems of low range and high price that plagued previous options, potential buyers will now finally seriously consider purchasing an electric car. At the heart of its revolutionary propulsion system is the ingeniously designed new battery placed under the vehicle's floor.

This makes the car's interior spacious enough to comfortably seat five and leave enough space for a trunk size comparable to that of a regular compact car. A high tech car deserves equally state-of-the-art features. Opel OnStar, the award-winning connectivity and personal assistant, is likewise featured in the car with the capability of integrating smartphones and other personal gadgets into the vehicle's infotainment system.

Press Release

Opel Announces Game-changing Ampera-e Battery Electric Car

Opel will launch a revolutionary new battery electric car next year, as the German brand continues the biggest, most far-reaching model offensive in its history with 29 new models between 2016 and 2020. The new five-door, five seat will be called “Ampera-e”. It will not only have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, it will also be affordably priced. Building on the electrification expertise established with the original Ampera, which set the benchmark for modern electric cars in 2011, the new Ampera-e combines innovative electric-mobility with state-of-the-art connectivity and exciting driving dynamics.

Announcing the Ampera-e today at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said: “GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”

Trends like urbanization and protecting the environment also call for new kinds of mobility and alternative propulsion systems. “Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction”, says Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”

The unique, compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor. The efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and trunk space comparable with that of a car in the compact class.

The Ampera-e will also offer the award-winning personal connectivity and service assistant, Opel OnStar and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices seamlessly into the vehicle.

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