When Chevrolet introduced its first electric car, the Bolt EV, in 2016, one could expect with 100% certainty that the rest of the family of the concern, and especially the 2021 Opel Ampera-e, whose positions traditionally remain strong in the European market, will be announced soon.
2021 Opel Ampera-e
And so it happened when, just a few months later, at the Paris Motor Show, the Opel Ampera-e electric car was presented, which almost exactly looked like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with the only difference that the logo was replaced with the Opel badge.
There is nothing strange in such a release, it is a traditional marketing approach in order for the car to be associated with a specific brand, country and even continent. It’s no secret that American cars, with rare exceptions, are not favored in the Old World, and in order for an electric car to be in demand in Europe, it was necessary to resort to such a tricky manipulation.
Despite the obvious similarities, questions immediately arose after the presentation. If there is a difference between cars, and which version should you give priority?
Let’s try to answer them by looking at the Opel Ampera-e in more detail.
Opel Ampera-e body
The body of the Opel Ampera-e is made in the form of a “high” hatchback. The design of the car was done by specialists oriented to the American market, which immediately catches the eye. There has long been a tendency characteristic of American designers who, at the expense of aerodynamic characteristics, are trying to make the car more brutal with a high windshield and large radiator grilles and air intakes. This can be clearly seen in the appearance of the Opel Ampera-e, but in this case the design is justified by the fact that it allows for a large area of blowing the batteries and the electric motor.
The rear of the car looks attractive. Stylish lights, a “smiling” trunk side make the Opel Ampera-e more like a city hatchback.
But at the same time, the brutal front end and the rustic rear bring some dissonance to the understanding of the class of the car and the target audience for which it is designed. On the one hand, it is closer to a crossover than a hatchback, on the other, vice versa. The same can be said about “gender identity”, who is it more suitable for men, women, or occupies an intermediate position?
Salon 2021 Opel Ampera-e
What can you say about the salon? If you’ve seen what the interior of the Chevrolet Bolt EV looks like, then you’ve seen the trim of this car too. Perhaps some changes await us in the next generations of the Opel Ampera-e, but now they are identical.
Tellingly, the trim is European in style, but the seating position and space are typical for American cars. Such a symbiosis of automotive cultures.
There is a lot of electronics in an electric car. The driver’s control panel, the center console are presented in the format of LCD displays. At the bottom of the central display screen are the climate control, road modes, and stereo controls. The steering wheel of the Opel Ampera-e is multifunctional, the gear lever is made in a traditional format.
The seats are spacious, a little “sin” in the American way with weak lateral support. In the back row, three passengers can comfortably sit. A pleasant bonus is the absence of a central tunnel in the electric car, which makes the floor of the Opel Ampera-e absolutely even.
Above the heads of the passengers in the rear row of seats, there is plenty of room for people of all sizes.
Specifications and equipment 2021 Opel Ampera-e
The Opel Ampera-e electric car is considered one of the most successful cars in the segment in terms of its technical parameters. It successfully implements all the key characteristics of a good electric car: a long range, a powerful electric motor, a capacious battery. The electric car has good acceleration dynamics and top speed. There are several charging options available in the electric car, including fast charging that replenishes the battery capacity in 30 minutes.
The car is well stocked. In the basic version, the owner has access to:
- climate control;
- Cruise control;
- Rear View Camera;
- full power accessories;
- modern stereo system;
- navigation system.
A set of additional options for the Opel Ampera-e allows you to further expand the vehicle configuration.
Opel Ampera-e safety
Responsible for safety in the car are anti-lock brakes ABS and ESP stability control, an emergency braking system with electronic brake force distribution, and an active traction control system.
In crash tests, the Opel Ampera-e confidently took the highest places in the safety rating of cars of its class, the overall figure for the Euro NCAP system is more than 70%.