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Opel Ampera-e Wins ‘Paul Pietsch Award’ for Innovative Technology

26 Jan 2017

  • Best Cars special prize: Range champion takes 41 percent of the votes
  • Award ceremony: Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann accepts the trophy

Opel News - Great prize: Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann with the ‘International Paul Pietsch Award’ for the innovative technology of the Ampera-e electric car

Rüsselsheim/Stuttgart. The new Opel Ampera-e is already outshining its competitors when it comes to awards. A Best Cars jury consisting of 27 editors-in-chief of the magazine auto motor und sport and its partner publications from 21 countries presented the electric range champion from Opel with the ‘International Paul Pietsch Award 2017’ for innovative technology. The Ampera-e charged to victory by amassing 41 percent of the votes, giving it more than ten percentage points more than its closest rival.


“The Ampera-e is the electric car for everyday use. Nobody has to worry about not being able to continue his or her journey due to a flat battery, thanks to its range of over 500 kilometers. And, as the ‘Paul Pietsch Award’ demonstrates, the Ampera-e is not just visionary, it is also reality – it will be at dealerships this year already,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann at the award ceremony held in the International Congress-Center Stuttgart.


The special prize for outstanding technology concepts has been a permanent fixture since 1989. It is named after Paul Pietsch, a former Grand Prix racer and co-founder of the Motor Presse Stuttgart. The conditions for the nomination of an innovation are series-production readiness and comprehensible added value for the customers in the areas environment, comfort, safety and economy.

Opel News - Exhilarating EV: The new Opel Ampera-e wins the ‘International Paul Pietsch Award’ for innovative technology

The Opel engineers considered all of these aspects during the development of the Ampera-e. The electric car from Rüsselsheim is opening a new chapter in electro-mobility with its range of over 500 kilometers (measured based on NEDC test cycle in kilometers: >500, preliminary figure). The star of the last Paris Motor Show offers at least 100 kilometers of additional range on a single charge compared to its competitors. Even in accordance with the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) cycle, which reflects real driving conditions much more closely, the Ampera-e offers a range of 380  kilometers.


When the Opel Ampera-e finally does need recharging, 30-minutes at a public 50 kW DC fast-charger will add a further 150 kilometers of range (average value, measured based on preliminary NEDC tests) to the Ampera-e’s new-generation lithium-ion battery. Elsewhere, maximum torque of 360 Nm is responsible for the newcomer’s electrifying temperament. The performance of the electric motor is equivalent to 150 kW/204 hp (PS) thus making effortless starts from a standing position or highway access two of the Opel Ampera-e’s main strengths. The compact electric car accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.2 seconds and mid-range acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h is successfully completed in 4.5 seconds (preliminary figures). Top speed is electronically limited to 150 km/h for the benefit of the overall range.