The electric vehicle market segment is receiving hotter by the day with each automaker attempting to outshine the other people by offering cost-effective models with extended ranges. Lately at the Customer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas Nevada final month, Common Motors unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, their new PHEV for the American market.
In Europe GM will rebrand the auto and sell it as the 2017 Opel Ampera-e. The Opel Ampera-e will be identical to the Chevrolet Bolt except for some minor visual variations. The automaker hopes the new PHEV will succeed where the very first-gen Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid which was identical to the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid failed. Opel Ampera only sold 9,629 units in Europe compared to 51,662 units Chevrolet sold in the US in 2013.
The automaker goes on to argue that the Ampera-e is element of their ongoing offensive which will see them unveil 29 new autos by 2020.
2017 Opel Ampera-e Exterior
A quick look at the Ampera-e shows it is a replica of the Chevrolet Bolt. The only differences in between the two is the Ampera-e’s redesigned front bumper, its new grille which features two thin chrome strips and Opel emblems on the front and rear fascias.
Every thing else appears like the Chevrolet Bolt including the roof which appears as if it is floating, a enormous front-quarter window and the BMW-inspired pinch of sheetmetal which goes through the door handles all the way to the taillights.
2017 Opel Ampera-e Interior
Compared to the Ampera, the Ampera-e cabin is much more stylish and features upgraded technologies. The cabin is also virtually identical to that of the Chevrolet Bolt. The car will accommodate five passengers and still leave a cargo space comparable to automobiles in the compact segment. This is courtesy to its battery which is mounted below the floor.
It also features a ten.2-inch MyLink colour touch-screen with Smartphone integration and OnStar service assistant. The vehicle also attributes a wide-angle rear-facing camera and a Surround Vision technique comparable to one’s utilised in huge SUVs. The system utilizes different cameras to supply a bird’s eye view of the automobile.
The vehicle also characteristics a navigation system that can also show nearby charging stations and route directions to assist maximize its variety.
Drive-train and overall performance
Even though a lot of individuals take into account the Opel Ampera a commercial flop, GM insists that the original Ampera has provided them with immense electrification experience which serves as the benchmark for upcoming electric models such as the Ampera-e.
As opposed to the Opel Ampera which was powered with a PHEV energy-train, the new Ampera-e functions an all-electric drive-train. The model characteristics the identical setup as the Chevrolet Bolt. The electric motor produces 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The motor is backed by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is mounted underneath its floor to maximize cabin space.
The automaker remained mum about its range but we anticipate a 200 miles variety on a complete charge just like the Chevrolet. The Ampera-e will run from -60 mph in beneath 7 seconds and will have a top speed of 91 mph.
The batteries will take 9 hours to recharge utilizing a 240-volt outlet even though an optional DC quick charger will recharge the battery to 80% in significantly less than a hour.
Price and release date
GM has not announced an official cost but we believe the model will have an identical cost as the Chevy Bolt which has a starting value of $ 37,500 or €33,275 equivalent in Europe. Government rebates will cut down that cost additional generating it a extremely affordable PHEV.
When it comes out, the 2017 Opel Ampera-e will rival the likes of BMW i3, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, Volkswagen e-Golf and Tesla Model 3.