The extended-range electric vehicle Ampera is Europe’s Nº1 passenger electric-drive vehicle with more than 20% market share, according to Opel sales figures from May 2012.
Especially in markets with governmental incentives like the Netherlands we have performed very well.—Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director
In the Netherlands, the Ampera has taken more than 77% of the passenger EV market share in May. The average year-to-date market share for the Ampera in the Netherlands was more than 50%. Based on the latest available figures, the Ampera is also the best-selling EV in Germany with a share of more than a third and Switzerland with 44%.
A 16 kWh lithium ion battery powers the 111kW/150 hp electric motor of the Ampera. Depending on the style of driving and road conditions, distances of between 40 and 80 kilometers (25 to 50 miles) can be covered in the purely battery-operated mode. In extended-range mode, which activates whenever the battery has reached its minimum state of charge, power is inverted to the electric drive unit from a generator driven by a 1.4-liter, 63 kW/86 hp gasoline engine. Extended-range mode enables a total driving range of more than 500 kilometers (311 miles) without refueling.