05 Mar 2012
Rüsselsheim. Opel has already received some 7,000 orders for its award-winning Ampera electric vehicle. This latest figure even surpasses Opel’s most optimistic expectations for this point in time. Opel is selling more electric cars in Europe than any other manufacturer. “We are extremely pleased with the continuing demand for our Ampera,” says Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director. “This news shows us that our sales target of 10,000 units for 2012 is well within reach.”
Customer deliveries which began in February are going according to plan. Not only has the Ampera won a strong following among customers but it has also gained a lot of accolades and praise from industry experts, the media and even competitors. It has won some 30 prizes and is among the finalists of this year’s “Car of the Year” award. It was also recently awarded the maximum of five Euro-NCAP stars for safety.
Opel is the first manufacturer to put an electric production car on the streets of Europe that can go anywhere, anytime thanks to its range extending capability.
The wheels of the Ampera are electrically driven at all times. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds an advanced, 111 kW / 150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40 and 80 km of pure electric operation with zero emissions – depending on the terrain, driving technique and temperature – when fully charged.
On the road, the Ampera’s Voltec electric propulsion system provides instant torque of 370 Nm, enabling zero to 100 km/h acceleration in around 9 seconds and a top speed of 161 km/h.
Thanks to the Ampera’s intelligent and practical extended-range capability, drivers enjoy peace of mind because they will never be left stranded by the roadside with a depleted battery.
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