"The Opel Ampera further demonstrates GM's leadership in the electrification of the automobile," said Carl-Peter Forster. "Its ground-breaking Voltec electric propulsion system is the kind of game-changing technology the automotive industry needs to respond to energy and environmental challenges."
Among the car features, we can mention the top speed of 161 km/h (100 mph), with full electric range reaching 60 kilometers in highway cycle. The total range however achieves 500 km when using the additional energy sources installed on the car.
"Driving electrically is not only about ecology," said global vehicle line executive and chief engineer, Frank Weber. "Driving electrically is also great fun. Instantaneous, silent torque of 370 Newton meters under your right foot feels like flying!"
Getting back to the battery pack, it will be manufactured by GM at the first lithium-ion production facility in the United States, with more than 220 lithium-ion cells to be integrated into the Ampera battery set. It produces a maximum torque of 370 Nm, with zero to 100 km/h sprint done in around nine seconds.
"An advanced lithium-ion battery system is the key to getting the Opel Ampera into the hands of consumers", said Hans Demant, GME's vice president of engineering. "The engineers at our research and development center in Mainz-Kastel, Germany are testing the battery around the clock, 365 days a year to ensure that it meets the expectations of our customers."