OPEL AMPERA e

Chevrolet rebadged the Bolt for the European market as the Opel Ampera-e to be released in 2017. The battery, motor, and drive would be manufactured by LG in Korea. The Bolt now enters the exclusive club of electric vehicles with a range over 200 miles per charge, previously only claimed by Tesla and BYD. The Ampera-e will compete with the Tesla Model 3 as the first long range mass market EV. GM brands the Bolt as the first mass market EV and aims to price it at around $30,000 after incentives.

2017

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Ampera-e

60kWh Battery by LG-Chem (288 cells in, pouch type) composed of a Nickel-rich Lithium Chemistry allowing it to run at higher temperatures, thereby saving on the need for a cooling system that drains power and increases cost. The new battery has a different chemistry suited for a different charge cycle associated with longer ranges than the other Chevrolet models which need more frequent charging.

Battery Weight 960lb / 440kg

e Range of 237 mi (380 km) EPA

Electric Motor permanent magnet motor/generator

Power 150 kW (200 hp)

Torque 266 lb.ft./360 Nm

Level 1 Charge 120 V

Level 2 Charge 240 V

Level 3 Charge – SAE Combo Fast Charge

Acceleration from 0–30 mph (0–48 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in less than 7 seconds

Top speed of 91 mph (146 km/h)

MSRP – around US$30,000 price after government incentives

IN THE NEWS

2016 Week 39 - Paris Auto Show

1. For the first time at an international auto show, electric vehicles took center stage at the Paris Auto Show this week, overshadowing new reports of Tesla autopilot crashes, refuted by the company. The prominence of electric vehicles at the show confirms the shift towards the segment. Most of the front runners in the segment were presented there and used the opportunity to unveil new models, such as the Opel Ampera-e, which is the Chevrolet Bolt badged for the European market. VW unveiled its ID concept vehicle and Renault the Trezor.

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