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Vauxhall Prepping For 2017 Goodwood FoS With Classic And Modern Cars 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Classics, Goodwood, Opel Ampera, Reports, UK, vauxhall on 05 26th, 2017

With just a little over a month to go until the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Vauxhall have announced their presence with a host of classic and modern vehicles.
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Opel Shows Its Electric Ampera-e Outsprinting Race Cars 10
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Videos, Electric Vehicles, opel, Opel Ampera, Opel Ampera-e, Opel Videos, video on 09 10th, 2016

The Ampera-e, Europe's version of the Chevrolet Bolt, may not seem like a performance car, but according to Opel at least, it is capable of some rather impressive feats.
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Chevy To Shut Down Volt Plant For Upgrades 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevy Volt, Electric, ev, GM, Kurt, News, Opel Ampera on 05 19th, 2011

A Chevy Volt being assembled. Image: © GM Corp.

If you’re patiently waiting for dealer inventory of the 2011 Chevy Volt to build up before buying one, you may have to wait a little bit longer. Chevrolet has announced a four-week shutdown of their Detroit-Hamtramck plant, beginning in June, to ramp up for increased production of Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera models. The plant will receive new tools, updated equipment and an overhead conveyor system that’s expected to increase productivity. The Hamtramck plant is expected to have the capacity to produce 60,000 Volt and Ampera models in 2012, some 45,000 of which will be destined for the United States. The 2013 Chevy Malibu will also be produced in the plant, alongside the other GM models.

When production resumes, the plant will have the capability of producing 16,000 Volts in 2011, which will go a long way towards filling demand and providing dealerships with test units. Initially, the Volt was only offered for sale in California, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. By the end of 2011, however, the Volt will be available to consumers nationwide and the Opel Ampera will begin shipping to dealerships in the EU and China.

Since it’s launch in late 2010, Chevy has sold 2,029 Volts through April. That’s nearly double the amount of Nissan Leafs sold to date, but Nissan delivered more Leafs to customers last month than Chevy did Volts. Chevy insists that demand for the Volt remains high, and that the limiting factor has been production. We’ll know for sure once GM completes the update of the Hamtramck plant and Chevy reports on their August sales numbers.

Source: Chevrolet

Will Buick Get Their Own Extended Range EV? 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Buick, Electric, ev, News, opel, Opel Ampera, Serial Hybrid on 04 1st, 2011

The 2011 Opel Ampera. Image: © GM Corp.

The U.S. market Chevy Volt is sold in the E.U. as the Opel Ampera. Aside from the name change, the exterior styling of the European version is different (and sharper, if you ask me), and I’m absolutely certain that Euros can’t opt for the Volt’s dysentery-green interior. That’s a good thing, since the green interior was the most hideous thing I’ve seen on a production automobile since the 1970s. Mechanically, the two are identical twins, once you factor in the differing safety requirements by market. Volt sales in the United States have yet to hit GM’s forecasted levels, so the automaker is considering options to expand the car’s appeal. One of the things on the table, according to Autoblog, is a Buick branded version of the Opel Ampera.

Buicks are up-range from Chevys, so a Buick Ampera (or whatever the final name is) would have to sell for more than a Chevy Volt. Since Buick buyers expect a certain ride quality (plush), the suspension would need re-tuning and the interior would need some serious dressing up. The touch-sensitive center stack in the Volt may work fine for Generation X buyers, but Buick’s demographic prefers knobs and buttons, thank you very much. As quiet as the Volt is on the road, it’s not Buick quiet, so the platform would be saddled with added weight in the form of sound deadening. In other words, it’s not quite as simple as sticking a Buick badge on the front and shipping inventory to dealers.

Price is an issue, since the Volt already starts at $41,000. I see the Volt coming south in price, with a Buick variant priced near the current Volt’s sticker. Range and performance would need to be the same or better, which would require GM engineers to look at ways to shave pounds off the current Ampera. It’s possible, but far from a done deal: if it happens at all, don’t expect the extended range EV in Buick showrooms before 2013.

Source: Autoblog

An Opel Ampera… Police Car? 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chevy Volt, Electric, ev, News, opel, Opel Ampera, Police Cars on 02 14th, 2011
Opel Ampera Police

Image: Opel Germany

The above image comes courtesy of Opel Germany, who thinks it may be a good idea to produce the Opel Ampera (the EU’s Chevy Volt) in a police version. Starting at a price just below $58,000, that’s going to be a tough sell even in Green-obsessed Germany. As much as I was impressed by my time with the Volt, I’m pretty sure that it would have too many limitations to be a functional police cruiser, even if you used it exclusively in urban environments. First there’s the issue of the Ampera’s range; if the standard car’s range is impacted by using things like the radio, climate control and headlights, how do you think a version equipped with strobes, a light bar, more (high wattage) radios, electronics and siren would fare? Would an EV range of 20 miles be acceptable to police agencies, even if the car could still be driven via the gasoline generator? When do police cars at busy departments get enough down time to effectively charge the batteries?

Then there’s the whole matter of acceleration and top speed. The Volt was, admittedly, quicker than I expected it to be, but it’s still no match for anything with sporting intentions. Its top speed of 100 miles per hour is good enough for congested city streets, but it simply won’t cut the Sempf on the Autobahn. Even the Germans will have a hard time embracing a “green” police car with limited battery range and an economy car top speed. I wish Opel Germany a lot of luck with their sales efforts on the Ampera Polizei, because they’re certainly going to need it.

Source: Carscoop