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Opel Ampera-e to Debut at Paris Motor Show

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Opel Ampera-e to debut in France at Paris Motor Show

The Chevy Bolt’s European cousin is taking a trip to France.

Today Opel announced that the Opel Ampera-e will have its world premiere at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” in Paris, which runs from October 1st through the 16th.  The German automaker is touting the new electric car as both emission-free and fun-to-drive, with its winning combination of advanced battery technology and 265 lb-ft of maximum torque.

“The Opel Ampera-e makes electromobility fully feasible for everyday use and ready for the future” Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement. “The Ampera-e demonstrates impressively how well sustainability and driving pleasure can form a unity. And with its strong-as-an-ox electric motor, it delivers pure fun-to-drive.”

Opel Ampera-e

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It’s the 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) of maximum torque that really makes the Opel Ampera-e unique, with the power output of the electric motor a healthy 150 kW/204 horsepower (PS). The compact car has unusually quick acceleration rates for an EV, as well, and is capable of going from zero to 50 km/h (31 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, and can speed up from 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) in only 4.5 seconds.

That puts the Ampera-e at the same performance level as Opel Performance Center models, the brand’s sportiest models.

And though it’s capable of cruising at up to 150 km/h (93 mph), Opel promises that the Ampera-e also will also offer “a significantly longer range than most other electric cars.”

By mounting the Ampera-e’s battery pack flat underneath the vehicle floor, Opel was also able to ensure the vehicle had a reasonably roomy interior, which can comfortably seat five passengers.

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