Mar 2, 2010
• Extended-range electric exhibits Opel’s mission to lead in advance propulsion
• Electrically-driven family car practical for everyday use
• Production on target for 2011
Geneva/Rüsselsheim. The Opel Ampera, a game-changing electric family car that is practical for everyday use without range-anxiety, exhibits the company’s push to be in the forefront of environmentally friendly motoring.
When production begins in 2011, the Opel Ampera is set to be the first mass-produced electric vehicle to hit European markets. Importantly, it is designed to be a car that the whole family can drive for everyday use.
“The Ampera shows that a practical, electric four-seater with cargo space can be the first automobile in the household. This is not just a theory, but a car that will be a reality in a year,” says Gherardo Corsini, Director, Electric Vehicle Implementation.
The Opel Ampera is just one part of Opel’s mission to be a European leader in alternative propulsions, using its expertise in innovative technologies and making them affordable.
The five-door, four-seat Opel Ampera uses the ground-breaking electric propulsion technology which operates differently from other advanced propulsion systems. The Ampera electric propulsion system uses electricity as its primary power source. A gasoline engine-generator as a secondary power source generates electricity when the battery is depleted to ensure a seamless and continuous drive.
The Ampera’s wheels are turned electrically at all times and speeds. For journeys up to 60 km (MVEG), the Ampera runs on electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits neither greenhouse gases nor other harmful emissions. The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving habits of European customers. For example, approximately 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50 km a day.
Unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle, the Ampera eliminates range anxiety. It gives drivers the confidence and peace of mind that a depleted battery will not strand them.
When the battery’s energy is low, electricity from an on-board engine-generator extends the Ampera’s range to more than 500 km.
A gasoline/E85-fueled engine-generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery. This mode of operation extends the range to 500 kilometers until the battery can be re-charged by plugging the vehicle's on-board charge system into a standard household 230 V outlet.
More than 220 lithium-ion cells in the T-shaped pack provide ample power. The nearly silent electric drive unit delivers 370 Nm of instant torque, the equivalent of 112 kW, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in around nine seconds, and a top speed of 161 km/h.
Opel estimates that an electrically driven kilometer in the Ampera will cost about one-fifth compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle at current fuel prices.
The Ampera can be plugged into any household 230 V outlet and re-charged in about three hours. Opel is analyzing the requirements for standardization and a recharging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars with energy companies, including Iberdrola of Spain.
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