Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2012 Opel Ampera Review

The revolutionary Ampera celebrated its world premiere at the 79th Geneva Motor Show. General Motors Europe President Carl-Peter Forster, said the extended-range electric vehicle and announced plans to put the car into production in late 2011.

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The Ampera also be available with RHD in the UK by the sister brand Vauxhall, Opel.

"Ampera further demonstrates GM's leadership in the electrification of the automobile," says Carl-Peter Forster. "It 'an innovative Voltec electric propulsion system is a type of game-changing technology, the automotive industry must energy and environmental challenges. "

The five-door four-seat Ampera is influenced by the design language of Opel's award-winning sculptural art, combined with German precision, incorporating various elements of innovative style of the Flextreme and GTC concept car on show.

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"There might be a suitable way to celebrate 110 years of innovation in the automotive industry as Opel reveals Ampera," said Alain Visser, Opel GME Director.

The wheels of Ampera are electrically activated at all times and speeds. For trips up to 60 kilometers (MVEG), which runs on electricity stored in the 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, and emits zero CO2 emissions. When the battery is exhausted, a motor-generator Ampera extends the range of over 500 km.

Ampera can be plugged into any 230V household outlet to recharge. GM Europe to analyze the requirements for charging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars with energy companies, including Iberdrola of Spain.

Ampera Gets the effectiveness and the fine from the propulsion system Voltec

The revolutionary Ampera will be the first zero-emission electric car powered in Europe is suitable for everyday driving. With its Voltec electric propulsion system that provides strong acceleration and a high degree of sophistication, the five-door Ampera seats four passengers in comfort, offers a useful trunk for luggage, and has a wide range of over 500 km.

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"Not only conduct electricity in the environment," said Executive Online World and chief engineer Frank Weber. "Driving is fun too electrically. Instant, silent torque of 370 Newton-meters below the right foot feels like flying!"

Electricity to drive the wheels Ampera at all times and speeds. Distances up to 60 km (combined cycle), provides electricity stored in high-end, 16-kWh lithium-ion battery.

During the conduction of electricity supplied by the battery, does not emit CO2 Ampera. When the battery runs out, a motor-generator provides electricity gasoline/E85-fueled subtle power the electric motor, keeping the battery. This mode of operation extends the range of 500 kilometers, until the battery can be charged by connecting the vehicle system loaded into a standard outlet 230V.

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Ampera driver gives you the confidence and peace of mind

Unlike a conventional battery electric vehicle, the Ampera eliminates "dealing with anxiety," giving the confidence and peace of mind knowing that the pilot will not be stranded by a depleted battery.

"A system of lithium-ion is the key to getting the Ampera into the hands of consumers," said Hans Demant, GME Vice President Engineering. "Engineers of our research and development Mainz-Kastel, Germany is testing the battery during the day, 365 days a year to ensure it meets the expectations of our customers."

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The Ampera battery production will be manufactured at GM's plant-ion battery first to be exploited by a major automaker in the United States. More than 220 lithium-ion cells in the T-shaped pack provides a great power. The drive unit offers almost silent power of 370 Nm of instant torque, the equivalent of 150 horsepower, zero to 100 km / h in about nine seconds and a top speed of 161 km / h.

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The Ampera is well suited to daily driving time from most European customers. For example, about 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50 km per day.

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Opel estimates that an electrically driven km Ampera to pay about a fifth compared to current conventional gasoline vehicle fuel prices.

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Vehicle type: 5-door, hatchback front-wheel drive

Category: Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV)

Chassis: Independent MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear axle torque, four disc brakes, regenerative brakes to maximize the full energy, electricity, help control

Seating: four


Maximum speed: 161 kmh

EV Range: 60 km (combined)

Total range:> 500 km


Wheelbase: 2685 mm

Length: 4404 mm

Width: 1798 mm

Height: 1430 mm

Cargo volume: 301 liters

System battery

Type: Lithium-ion

Energy: 16 kWh

Electric drive

Power: 150 hp (111 kW)

Torque: 370 Nm


Size of tires and wheels specially developed low rolling resistance tires wheels 17 inch forged aluminum.

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