Talk about proof of concept, Opel drove its new rebadged Chevy Bolt 417 kilometers (260 miles) from London to Paris for its debut at the biannual motor show.

In fact, even after arriving at the Mondial de l'Automobile, the Ampera-e's on-board computer was still reporting a remaining range of 80 km, demonstrating the EV's impressive 500 km range. Opel claims its new BEV outperforms its closest segment rival by 100 km, at least.


"With the new Ampera-e, we continue the largest model offensive in Opel's history," says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "The Ampera-e with its outstanding range makes electric mobility fully feasible for everyday use and also lots of fun."

Yes the Ampera-e's 500 km of range does equate to a Chevrolet Bolt crunching 310 miles, compared to 238 in US-spec, the discrepancy is courtesy of the New European Driving Cycle's (NEDC) far more relaxed testing procedure compared to the EPA.

Opel acknowledges the is quick to point out that your mileage may vary, while it's certainly rated for 500 km on the NEDC cycle, the European test cycle doesn't accurately reflect real world driving conditions. So Opel also subjected the Ampera-e to the the far more stringent Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), where it delivered an estimated 380 km (226 miles) in simulated real world driving cycle, bringing it back in line with it's Chevy kin.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (75)

In addition to the Ampera-e's frugality, Opel says it also offers the "the feistiness of a sportscar" courtesy of its 204 hp/266 lb-ft electric motors helping it accelerate to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and its 60 kWh capacity batteries integrated into the underbody, lowering the Ampera-e's center-of-gravity.

"Our Ampera-e is not eco-luxury, not a gadget and not just a second car. Opel is showing that electro-mobility is also achievable for a much broader audience thanks to the most innovative technology ,' Neumann continued. "Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e."