It should be noted, that the 2017 Opel Ampera-e model is apparently the only vehicle of the company from Rüsselsheim driven by the electricity charge. The electric Ampera midsize sedan from Opel has been successfully sold on the European markets for a long time. On the contrary, the new Ampera-e will be designed in the other type of the body, which will allow the electric vehicle to be named proudly as the city full-size hatchback.
According to the management team of the Opel Company, the upcoming five-seat electric Ampera-e is considered to be a part of the project for the production of 29 new cars by the end of the decade. The novelty will be the electric version of its previous Ampera model, which was unveiled in 2011.
Information about the future premiere of the first electric Opel has been announced at the German CAR-Symposium, which was traditionally held in Bochum. Mary Barra, a chairman of the board of directors, said:
«The Opel and the GM have never doubted that electric vehicles will refer to the one of the leading positions in the future car industry. The innovative technology, used in our new car, is a major step towards the realization of our goals and aspirations. Our fully electric model will strengthen the reputation of Opel as a brand, manufacturing the advanced novelties, which due to its low cost are available for the wide audience of customers.»
Technical Features of the Novelty
The fresh Opel hatchback will get the electric motor with a power of 203 hp. This motor has been shown for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show, as the «heart» of the American Chevrolet Bolt EV. Due to the new power unit with a battery charge for more than 300 km, the car will accelerate to 100 km/h in 7 seconds.
The vehicle will be equipped with a flat battery, which will be placed under the floor of the electric car. This solution will increase the space for five passengers as well as the luggage compartment. This technology is made on the model of a flat battery design, which is developed by Volkswagen.
The electric car will most likely inherit a variety of technologies and components from the American model – the Chevrolet Bolt, presented at the recently held Show in Las Vegas.
Electronic «filling» of the car will also provide the customers with the best existing features of the company for today – an advanced multimedia system; the OnStar connected assistants and technologies as well as functions for interfacing with a variety of gadgets and mobile devices.
The Model Exterior and Interior
Major changes in the car appearance should not be expected. The exterior will be slightly modernized. What kind of improvements will be carried out is yet a secret.
The interior of the car will be increased in the volume of its space. The front panel will be a little changed in its design. It is already known, that the fresh multimedia system with a large touch screen will be installed in the Ampera-e. There is no any other information concerning to the vehicle interior at the moment.
The 2017 Opel Ampera-e Competitiveness
It is believed that the new electric vehicle, after its debut on the international markets, will become a serious competitor for the most famous manufacturers of hybrid cars.
For example, one of the competitors of Opel – the BMW i3 can get a severe defeat in this battle, as its cost is a little bit higher than the price of the electric vehicle from Russelsheim. In comparison to the BMW i3, offered for 35 000 EUR, the Opel Ampera-e model will most likely cost 33 000 EUR. If taking the daily increasing prices into consideration, it is obvious that the electric car from Opel is more advantageous offer for any customer.
It should be noted, that more and more motorists are interested in electric cars every day. It can be explained by the fact that in addition to full compliance with all environmental regulations and standards, electric vehicles do not emit any of the harmful gases into the atmosphere. They are also very economical.
The manufacturer hopes that the new electric car will attract more attention to the Opel Company and will completely replace the current generation of the Ampera, the demand for which has recently been poor.