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Opel Ampera

Opel’s new offers the perks of an electric car the so-called ‘range anxiety’. driven an early prototype.

June 1, 2010

Where: England

What: 2010 Ampera

Occasion: International drive — pre-production


We’ve had petrol; we’ve had we’re even used to the of a hybrid. Then we had to learn electric cars. Now, is another category to get your into, the E-REV, or Extended Electric Vehicle. The concept simple enough. You have a that can be charged via a domestic in three hours for about 60 of emissions-free electric motoring; this runs out, you just stop, as there’s a engine to take over electricity to power the electric providing an extra 500km of

Could the Opel Ampera be the interim answer to the drawbacks of cars?

The Ampera is a handsome managing to look quite despite its supposed eco-friendliness. is something that could be said about the slightly Toyota Prius and Honda There are similarities between the rear styling and those two presumably to optimise aerodynamics.

Our car was a prototype so as such might not the final production car, but we that most of the styling will be carried over. The while quite rough, and functional in our test mule, did an indication of what is to come, a futuristic-looking dashboard, gearlever and console.

There is a large digital dominating the centre console a multitude of information you need to relating to energy levels, air and the like. There are still a lot of small buttons on the dash which might not make it to the car, as they are pretty and somewhat hard to see. In of the driver, where you would dials in a regular car, is a display that shows and energy levels — you can monitor when you are using through acceleration and also you are restoring it through brake regeneration.

The Ampera is a four-seater, the seat in the rear lost to the of the battery. With two tall up front, rear leg room is for rear seat passengers, but is limited by the sloping rear

What you get for your Money

We very little about the of the Ampera as yet, because it is quite far away comparatively A good estimate is €30,000 a Government grant of €5,000, the Ampera into direct with the Nissan LEAF and Fluence EV. It should be pretty equipped out of the box, so as to make the high purchase price a less hard to swallow. things like 17-inch wheels, satellite navigation, control and climate control all in as part of the package. Opel to be ruling out any sort of lease for the battery though, saying this isn’t the intended model.

Instead the car will be outright and Opel expects the to be good for around 10 years of

Opel Ampera Electric Cars

The car we drove was prepared so as the battery was almost depleted, so we got to experience power and the extended range Much like most of the new of EVs, running on battery alone the car is very silent, and altogether relatively normal. is a faint whine from the and the test car was also, rather fitted with snow that caused a fair of road noise. However, the was contented sitting on the motorway at 140km/h.

When the battery a gauge on the dash alerts you you are switching over to extended mode and the petrol engine can be kicking in — though it as loud as a standard car’s.

It very like an Insignia in of ride and handling, no doubt for European tastes, and there is steering feel. We can expect to be even more refined the full production model On our brief drive it felt potent, like a turbocharged engine, just quieter, lots of torque.

Opel quotes a 0-100km/h of nine seconds, which is to be faster than the Nissan — and the top speed is higher at 160km/h.

The Ampera officially on sale at the end of 2011, although it is likely that the car will arrive on the market in Ireland at the of 2012.

This was quite a drive in a car that is still a away from being ready, but first impressions are The Opel Ampera is likely to be an solution for those who want to dip toe into electric vehicle but don’t want the stress of out of charge and the restraints of being to a short distance.

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