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Opel, a German subsidiary of GM, will launch a new electric battery car next year.
The new five-door, five seat will be called Ampera-e. It will not only have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, it will also be affordably priced, according to the company.
“GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”
The unique, compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor, according to Opel. The efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and trunk space comparable with that of a car in the compact class.
The Ampera-e also will offer the personal connectivity and service assistant, Opel OnStar and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices seamlessly into the vehicle.
The Opel brand is planning to release 29 new vehicle models between 2016 and 2020.