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Opel Ampera-e (euro Bolt)
Covers 750 Kilometers on Single Charge
Added by admin 16/09/16
Posted: 14 Sep 2017
TV crew from auto mobil, a show on the VOX channel, wanted to
know exactly what the Opel Ampera-e electric range champion was
capable of and whether it could drive from the most easterly to
the most westerly city in Germany on a single charge. From
Görlitz to Aachen - a distance of 750 kilometers.
With an official range of 520 kilometers measured in accordance
with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) Opel’s electric car
boasts a considerably larger range than its current closest
segment rivals. And the Opel Ampera-e also impresses when tested
approximated to the speed profile defined in the WLTP (Worldwide
Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle
(shortened test procedure): Based on this development test, the
engineers estimate a combined WLTP range of 380 kilometers.
Naturally, the range in everyday use varies and depends on
personal driving behavior and on external factors. And this is
exactly where VOX auto mobil head of testing Albert Königshausen
and presenter Alexander Bloch come into play. The duo set off
from Görlitz in a standard Opel Ampera-e at the end of August.
Their route took them along country roads towards Aachen.
The two journalists took turns at the wheel and patiently reeled
off kilometer after kilometer at speeds mainly between 40 and 50
km/h for no less than 25 hours and 30 minutes, making full use of
the brake energy regeneration of the Ampera-e, thus charging the
battery under deceleration (recuperation). And then the ‘external
factors’ had their say. Diversions extended the route by 20
kilometers and this was exactly the distance that the duo failed
to reach the Aachen town sign by. When the 60 kWh lithium-ion
battery was finally flat, the distance on the odometer was
exactly 754.9 kilometers. On a single charge!
Ampera-e combines practicality with efficiency and temperament
Apart from dazzling with its exceptional range, the 4.16 meter
long Ampera-e also offers plenty of space for up to five
passengers plus trunk space of 381 liters (1,274 liters when the
seats are folded down). This is made possible by the space-saving
underbody integration of the large capacity batteries. ‘Das
Elektroauto’ also offers Opel-typical outstanding digital
connectivity: The Ampera-e comes with latest generation
IntelliLink infotainment, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto, along with Opel OnStar.
Elsewhere, the Opel Ampera-e also shines with its electrifying
temperament based on the electric motor with its output that is
equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) and instant torque of 360 Nm.
This enables it to accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in just 3.2
seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds
- times rivalling those of sports cars. Mid-range
acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h, which is especially important
for overtaking maneuvers, is completed in just 4.5 seconds. Top
speed is limited to 150 km/h for the benefit of the overall
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Electric Vehicle News
Nissan reveals long-awaited second-generation
Added by admin 08/09/16
Charles Morris September 6, 2017
the Bolt and Model 3 cracked the 200 mile/$40k barrier earlier
this year, we’ve been eagerly waiting to see how EV pioneer
Nissan would respond. Well, the company has just unveiled its new
2018 LEAF and…we’re not sure what to think.
From a technical standpoint, the next-gen model offers only an
incremental improvement – slightly increased range and a couple
of new driving features. The main focus of Nissan’s effort seems
to have been the vehicle’s styling, which got a complete
makeover. The new LEAF looks more like other current Nissan
models, and has dropped the protruding headlights and prominent
haunches that made the old LEAF instantly recognizable. This may
be of little interest to engineer types, but Nissan is obviously
hoping that it will make the EV more attractive to the typical
The 2018 LEAF has a more powerful electric motor: 147 horsepower
and 236 pound-feet of torque, compared to the 2017 model’s 107 hp
and 187 lb-ft. The onboard charger is apparently unchanged:
charging power is still 6.6 kW, and CHAdeMO DC fast charging is
available as an option.
The size of the battery pack has been increased from 30 kWh to 40
kWh; estimated range is now 150 miles, up from the 2017 model’s
107 miles. The battery pack still uses passive air cooling, and
the cells come from the Nissan/NEC joint venture AESC.
Nissan has said that it will offer a 60 kWh battery pack as an
option in 2019, which will presumably bring the LEAF’s range over
the arbitrarily-selected magic number of 200 miles.
The new 40 kWh pack fits in the same form factor as the previous
30 kWh pack, but the car’s floor pan may need to be enlarged to
accommodate the 60 kWh pack – Green Car Reports surmises that
that’s the reason it wasn’t included on the 2018 model.
The 2018 LEAF includes a feature that Nissan calls e-Pedal, a
selectable one-pedal driving mode similar to that used by the BMW
i3 and Chevy Bolt. The new LEAF will also be the first Nissan
vehicle to offer ProPilot Assist, which combines adaptive cruise
control and automatic lane-keeping.
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