Opel Ampera-e range is over 400 km

Opel Ampera-e range animation

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 €?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

How well they sell is probably dependant on how many Chevy/Opel make and stock…
They should do very well if stocked as they have double the Leafs current range for roughly the same price…

5 years ago

Its a shame that the Opel Ampera-e won’t be available in right hand drive for U.K. / Ireland market plus half the planet 🙁

5 years ago
Reply to  Buzzar

Right hand drive in half the planet? Are you serious? Just continental Europe + Russia, North America, South America, China surpass 70% of world population. The only big country (in population terms) that drives right handed is India but not enough for it to account for half the planet.

5 years ago
Reply to  sapcmc

Actually, in population terms, about 35% live in RHT/LHD (right-hand traffic, left-hand drive; driving on the right with the driver’s seat on the left) territory. So your > 70% figure is exaggerated, but by less than his “half the planet”.

In terms of roads, however, no less than 90% of total roads are LHD and only 10% RHD.

In my not so humble opinion the RHD gang is behaving rather stupidly. There’s probably no inherent advantage to either side of the road, but it is a good idea to do it the same way everywhere. It’s also obvious which side ought to adapt – it’ll be much less chaos in total if only 10% of roads need to switch to the other side than if 90% had to.

And plenty of other countries have done it. Not one has had any major problems doing it. Great nations like Hungary and Czechoslovakia of the 1940s managed to do it with only a small number of incidents, hardly enough to be statistically significant – and more than compensated for by a reduction in accidents for a period after the switch because drivers are more careful and vigilant for a short time.

The latest example is Sweden which switched in the 60s. Then as now it had an open border with Norway where the border consists of little more than a sign to notify you that you’re entering another country – must have been interesting back when Sweden had RHD (Norway had LHD then as now).

Anyway, traffic deaths in Sweden fell by 70% following the switch to LHD – but came back almost to the norm in just a few days. (Actually it was a little lower for several years, but this is attributed to the fact that many drove LHD cars even when Sweden drove on the left, making overtaking maneuvers more dangerous as they could see less of the road ahead.)

For some probably not coincidental reason islanders seem to have great difficulty adapting… 😉



5 years ago

If it beats the current, 30 kWh LEAF, by as much on the NEDC cycle as it does on the EPA one, it’ll go considerably more than 500 km…

LEAF EPA = 172 km
Bolt EPA = 383 km
LEAF NEDC = 250 km
Bolt EPA = 383/172 * 250 km = 556 km

While your poll shows high price to be the main obstacle, not range, it’s difficult to separate the things that way. What if the problem was the range of the affordable cars, while the range of expensive Teslas (not for what they are, but for most people’s wallets) was plenty? I’d argue that this is exactly the case right now.

I agree with those who say your car doesn’t have to cover 100% of your car needs. You can hire a van to move house and you can rent a small van for a few hours to haul furniture.

But many, many people want to go on trips that are simply impractical in today’s ~100-milers fairly often. Renting a car every time you want to go to your cabin in the mountains (many go most weekends in summer, and for weeks in their summer holiday) or to visit family in another region of the country is expensive in many places – certainly in Norway. And to rent a car for three weeks for summer holiday is REALLY expensive.

I think a huge number of people want long enough range that they will hardly ever need more than one charging stop in a day. That existed with Tesla, but has become much more affordable with the Bolt. And it ought to take EV sales to the next level.

I’m a little worried by the to my mind low sales targets, but it does look like GM is doing its best to make the best EV they can. And they have said it won’t be production constrained, so hopefully they will be able to cover demand reasonably well.

Finally, I hope the Opel will be priced as agressively as the Bolt. And that we get all the information about prices and launch dates in European markets in Paris.

5 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

In the calculation the last line is of course supposed to say NEDC, not EPA:

Bolt/Ampera-e NEDC: 383/172 * 250 km = 556 km.

Tommy Duhn
5 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

It’s 117KM EPA, and 175KM NEDC for the Leaf:


The thing is what throws you here is the fact that GM compares Bolt’s “real” range of 383 KM with Leaf’s “fake” range of 250KM, and then you just extrapolate from that.

But in reality the Bolt/Ampera-E will have somewhere around 350-400KM real range, and the Leaf will have ~120KM range.

So the Bolt/Ampera-E are even better than the Leaf by 3x, but only because the Leaf’s range sucks so much.

Tommy Duhn
5 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Duhn

Ugh scratch that about the Leaf – I was looking at the 2012 model there. So yeah, Leaf gets 172KM with a 30KWh battery, but the Bolt/Ampera-E will get more than double that (383KM) with a 60KWh battery. So no more extrapolation on Bolt’s part anyway. What you see is what you get there.

And the part about GM comparing its real range with Leaf’s “fake” range of 250KM remains true.

5 years ago

Sorry that should read 34% of the planet..


And if we feel the need to “Adapt” (which we won’t) then we will just have another referendum 😉