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We – the Ampera team – have been watching the lively discussion in the German blog regarding heating with great interest. I’d like to clarify one important point about this and explain our philosophy a bit. The Opel Ampera is … Continue reading

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We engineers are already working on the next generation of the Ampera. In order to fine tune the car even better to customers’ needs and utility profiles, we’d like to know what the Ampera driver’s behavior looks like on a … Continue reading

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An electric vehicle faces a number of challenges during the winter. For example, its high efficiency – a big advantage – results in no waste heat being available to heat the interior. So the Ampera has “clean” electric interior heating. … Continue reading

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Even though the Ampera’s range in the relevant driving cycle NEDC is 83 km, we state its typical range as 40 to 80 km. By doing this we give our customers a realistic idea of the potential their car has. … Continue reading

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We improved the cold start characteristics of our range extender so that the untreated emissions and mixture flow rate quickly start the catalytic convertor. This works because the Ampera is always powered electrically – even when the gasoline engine kicks … Continue reading

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After the really important consumption figures were detailed in my last blog post, today I’ll explain how the combined and weighted fuel consumption of 1.2 l/100 km results from that. The regulation UN ECE R101 applies to vehicles with electric … Continue reading

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I always have mixed feelings when I talk about the gasoline engine in the Ampera. Because for me, the 1.4 ECOTEC as a range extender connects the past with the future. When I was powertrain manager, I oversaw what was known … Continue reading

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As an electric vehicle, the Ampera consumes mainly energy from electrical outlets. In spite of this, one often reads about fuel consumption of 1.2 l/100 km or CO2 emissions of 27 g/km. How does this fit together? In order to … Continue reading

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The Euro NCAP results are in: five stars and maximum safety level. The Opel Ampera scored more than the maximum points needed to achieve the top rating in all categories including occupant protection, child safety, pedestrian protection and safety assist. … Continue reading

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The Ampera‘s regenerative braking system enables very high recuperation. Just consider how much kinetic energy is available: at 120 km/h a 1.8-ton Ampera has around one megajoule of energy. That is enough to keep a 60-watt light bulb burning for … Continue reading

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