Opel Ampera-e: drive an electric fad

Opel Ampera-e: drive an electric fad

Opel has just introduced its electric car Ampera-e, offering record autonomy in its segment with 520 km approved. A quirk of 204 hp.

Opel Ampera-e, electric and 520 km of autonomy

Opel Ampera-e, electric and 520 km of autonomy

Opel Ampera-e, electric and 520 km of autonomy

Opel Ampera-e, electric and 520 km of autonomy

After California (United States), Oslo (Norway) is the most important market electric cars, And that is precisely where we have been driving the Opel Ampera-e. He Ampera-e sold in Norway since December 2016 and will come to Germany, Holland and Switzerland, but is not yet known the date of marketing in other markets such as Spain, where its price not yet defined (will be close to a BMW i3). Unlike the previous Opel Ampera, which was an extended-range electric, the new Ampera-e It is a pure electric car, but with a high capacity battery that allows you to standardize 520 km autonomy in the cycle NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). By the way, it is smaller than the previous Opel Ampera, as it is part of B segment, with 4.16 meters in length, 5 places and 381 liters of luggage.

The ability of Lithium ion of the Ampera-e It is 60 kWh with a weight of 430 kg. Is it so manufactured by LG (Such as the Renault Zoe) And are located under the passenger compartment floor, which is completely flat, making its center of gravity is very low. Count on liquid refrigeration and one warranty of 8 years or 160,000 km. As for recharging, in a conventional plug 6 km of autonomy earns every 30 minutes charging (Worst case), although times better when using a pole optional charging type Wallbox offering Opel in sales, as well as fast chargers and public chargers 50 kW (up to 150 km of autonomy for every 30 minutes of charging). Both recharging as preclimatización and condition of the car are controlled from an application to the phone, where they can also see the charging stations and plan routes accordingly. Similarly, you can program the burden that public chargers, only recharge up to 40% of battery capacity to pay less.

Ampera-eOpel Ampera-e: moving

Regarding the behavior of Ampera-e, is an instant, strong and very rewarding very pleasant car to drive, with a great response. Not surprisingly, the engine delivers 204 hp and 36.7 mkg. Gets through 0-50 km / h in 3.2 seconds, from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds, and achieves maximum speed of 150 km / h (156 marker), autolimited to conserve battery life. The traction It is to the front wheels, so at certain times, such as overtaking, should hold the steering wheel firmly due to the high torque, especially if you step on the accelerator when changing lanes, as in some front-wheel drive sports. Nevertheless, the electronic management makes the arrival of power is progressive enough for the front axle does not lose traction torn off and is from about 60 km / h when "unleashes" a greater amount of thrust. As for the traction control (switchable), performs a very precise work both slippery roads and tight corners if we overdo it with the throttle. Despite the size content Ampera-e Y weighing 1691 kg, stability, efficiency and sense of security curve is high. The precise steering and a balanced suspensions achieve a very remarkable to be an electric car dynamic performance.

He Ampera-e features various driving modes. A selector change (by-wire type) can activate L mode, what retains much to stop accelerating (regenerating more energy) and practically You do not need to use the brakes, it suffices to modulate the accelerator pedal to adjust the degree of deceleration, which comes to a complete stop if necessary. That is, as in the BMW i3, if not accelerate, the car "restrains" Y It comes to a complete stop, with a final stop extremely soft and comfortable for the occupants. The degree of regenerative braking can be increased further by a cam on the left of the steering wheel, a feature that we've only seen in the Ampera-e and very convenient. The other mode of use is the Run mode D, plus conventional, because it retains very little to stop accelerating, so you do need to use the brakes or, failing that, the cam wheel. Finally, it has a Sport button which slightly increases the throttle response and hardness direction.

Ampera-eBetween the security systems of the Ampera-e include the active lane keeping assistant, rotating the wheel autonomously guided by data from the front camera (read the lines on the road) pedestrian detection with automatic braking (Also based on the front camera or the radar front), notice Rear Cross Traffic, control of blind angle, system OnStar Y flat tires, made fiber self-sealing viscous material.

He Ampera-e Nor it falls short in terms of comfort and equipment connectivity, with the possibility of four heated seats leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, four USB ports, induction charger for the phone, Carplay Apple, Android Auto and equipment Bose sound. The interior space is very good, although missing roof handles in the rear seats and there are plenty of hard plastics. It stands out positively Digital control box, which can be configured with Three different designs (With more or less amount of information) and a touch screen whose center menus are very complete and modern design. Is a electric car likes and has left us very dissappointed, surpassed only autonomy for exclusive and powerful Tesla, much more expensive.

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