Opel has announced that its Ampera fleet customer base in Europe has more than doubled in just six months, rising from around 700 in March to almost 2,000 today – a 180 percent upsurge. An increase of over 50 percent was enjoyed in Germany, but this was eclipsed by the Netherlands, which saw a 200 percent jump.
“We are confident that this development will continue because fleet customers understand that the Ampera is one of the very few electric vehicles that is truly suitable for everyday use. Additionally, it is has significantly lower operating costs than equivalent internal combustion engine cars,” said Opel’s Alfred Rieck.
The Ampera uses a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to power its 111 kW (150 hp) electric motor, which can provide between 40 and 80 kilometres of emission-free motoring. When the battery reaches its minimum state of charge, the generator, which is driven by a 63 kW (86 hp) petrol engine, feeds the electric drive unit – allowing a range of over 500 kilometres without refuelling.