It seems the news regarding the 2017 Opel Ampera-e are out, so let us see what they have to show for. Electric car fans are in for a treat, while everyone else might just ignore this one for now.
The release date is most likely the end of 2016 or early 2017, depending on your location.
2017 Opel Ampera-e Price
The price should start at $40,000.
A lot of people compare the 2017 Opel Ampera-e with Chevrolet Bolt, and for good reason as the two are quite similar both in appearance and in the engine department.
As for the Ampera-e, it is built to be as aerodynamic as possible to offset the extra weight of the batteries and the lower center of mass. This did not come without a cost, however, so it is nowhere near as visually appealing as it should be.
The headlights and taillights both feature quality LED technology, and the grille with its air dam are eerily familiar. The badge is different and it just might compensate for the awkward exterior.
Then again, if the choice you have to make is the relatively affordable but unsightly Ampera-e or pretty but expensive electric car like Tesla, it is an easy choice for most.
Interior of Opel Ampera-e
Needless to say, Opel has kept a close lid on any information regarding the 2017 Ampera-e but judging from its competition, we can hazard a few guesses of our own.
For one, it will most likely use a floating dash and the infotainment system is going to be top notch. Remember, this is an electric car so comfort and reliability are its main selling points.
This means excellent connectivity including Apple’s CarPlay as well as Android Auto. Of course, it is meant to consume as little energy as possible, so as not to deplete your battery ahead of time.
The built-in navigation should come in handy, just like the 4G LTE hotspot. The color scheme is mostly green and silver, but a number of trims will be made available.
All in all, we are looking at quality black leather for the upholstery and silver-colored inserts for maximum stylish effect.
Considering the 2017 Opel Ampera-e has chosen an electric motor, there is a lot of unknowns here. It is rumored to be able to dish out 204 hp but with these engines range must also be taken into account.
So far, it is believed to be able to cover 310 miles without having to recharge. Then again, these are only tests completed under carefully controlled circumstances and do not reflect driving in the actual conditions.
The actual range is probably closer to 210-220 miles. The good thing is it comes with a 240-volt charger so you can charge it overnight.
It should not take more than 10 hours to fully charge, roughly 25 miles per one hour of charging. It should be able to hit 60 mph in under 7 seconds, which is pretty good for an electric car.