It’s not a surprise that Opel Ampera-e will have more than 400 km range measured on NEDC. Probably Opel is waiting for the upcoming Paris Motor Show to reveal that the official NEDC range will surpass the 500 km.
These are the highlights:
- Best in class: At least 25 percent more range than the closest competitor
- Sprinter: Accelerates from 0 to 50 in just 3.2 seconds
- Exhibition star: World premiere at the Paris Motor Show on September 29
In Opel’s press release we have:
“The Opel Ampera-e will finally eradicate the biggest downside of an electric car for everyone – range anxiety. In accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC, the current standard for range comparisons between different vehicles) the new e‑car from Rüsselsheim can clear the magical 400 kilometer barrier by a considerable margin without recharging (purely electrical range measured based on the NEDC in km: >400; provisional figure). This makes Opel’s new electric compact model by far the best in its segment. In comparison, the BMW i3, even equipped with the optional large 33 kWh battery can only cover 300 kilometers in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), the Nissan Leaf manages 250 kilometers, the Renault Zoe 240 kilometers and the VW e-Golf 190 kilometers. With at least 25 percent more range than its closest competitor, the Opel Ampera-e revolutionizes electro-mobility. Naturally, the maximum range in everyday use deviates from the NEDC values. In practice, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style or additional load influence the range. However, the Ampera-e can effortlessly cover more than 300 kilometers even under average everyday conditions. Opel’s newcomer will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show (Public days: October 1 to 16) in Hall 5-2 (booth 501).”
I just don’t agree that range anxiety is the biggest downside of an electric car. The pool on this website demonstrates that the high price is the biggest obstacle to make electric cars mainstream. But when used Opel Ampera-e start to be available for lower prices, it will get interesting.
How successful do you think an Opel electric car with 400 km range can be if priced between 35.000 € and 40.000 €?