The Opel Ampera-e, the European rebranding of the Chevy Bolt EV, has now entered production and been granted its official range rating from the NEDC (the extremely “optimistic” European testing cycle).
As the title indicates, the Opel Ampera-e got rated at 520 kilometers per full charge. Perhaps someone actually can go that far on a single charge with various hypermiling techniques, but in regular conditions, the figure isn’t likely to ever actually be achieved.
Opel itself has publicly acknowledged as much, and points those wanting a more realistic figure in the direction of the WLTP testing cycle range rating — which is 380 kilometers. That figure is roughly equal to the one granted to the Chevy Bolt EV by the US EPA (238 miles / 383 kilometers).
Push EVs provides more:
“With first deliveries expected only for June in Norway and other European countries much later, GM is underestimating not only Nissan with the second generation Leaf, but also Renault Zoe that always gets big discounts in summertime, which it’s already happening earlier in Portugal.
“What do you think? Will GM/Opel be able to challenge the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s leadership in the electric car market?”
An interesting question. But, of course, it has to actually want to if it’s going to do so. Whether it does or not is a real question.
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