The pure electric Opel Ampera-e will be launched in 2017 and it is claimed to have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, yet also be affordably priced.
The new five-door, five seat Ampera-e is said to build on the electrification expertise established with the original Ampera, whilst combining innovative electric-mobility with state-of-the-art connectivity.
The compact proportions of the Ampera-e are enabled by the flat battery pack mounted underneath the interior floor. The packaging of the battery also enables an interior providing seating for five passengers and boot space said to be comparable with that of a car in the compact class.
The Ampera-e will also offer the personal connectivity and service assistant, OnStar, and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices into the vehicle.
Announcing the Ampera-e, 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 realising that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”
“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 Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”
The Opel Group claims that it will continue the biggest, most far-reaching model offensive in its history with 29 new models between 2016 and 2020.