Comparison: Toyota Prius vs. Opel Ampera

Toyota Prius vs. Opel Ampera
Sure, we’ve tested both automobiles and a month or two ago we published traveling impressions in the brief acquaintance with the Toyota Prius plug and also gave access to the full gallery to browse through over 60 photos plus a video, and the other day got to use the Opel Ampera via a conference strategy organized simply by Opel, which furthermore got inside the Opel HydroGen4, the particular hydrogen automobile. But that is far … Let’s get into the details, specifically, the Opel Ampera.
Electric powered car or a hybrid?
The key difference involving the two cars is that the Toyota Prius can be a hybrid car whereas the Opel Ampera is an electric powered car “extended range”. The Toyota Prius plug-in lithium battery is much better than the particular nickel around the version currently up for sale, and can move up to 20miles in electric powered mode by earlier recharging the batteries at home using the standard plug. Benefits are constrained in electric powered mode, using a top velocity of 100 kilometer/hour. Overcoming that particular speed, or in the event the batteries attain a fixed minimum demand level, the operation moves to the gasoline engine, and the particular Prius plug functions being a conventional cross, combining the energy of two engines (98 bhp 1. 8-liter gas, and 80 hp electric powered motor) to operate the vehicle, and eventually while using the electric generator for quick trips in town, or to start if there is a standstill.
The Opel Ampera constantly moves the particular wheels of your electric generator of 150 hp, an additional generator of approximately 70 hp gasoline engines plus a 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter and also 86 hp. You also can charge the particular batteries at home; plug them inside the garage, as an example. When totally loaded, the projected range is approximately 60 miles, three times greater than the Toyota Prius. The additional no limit benefits, or velocity or top speed: 161 kilometer/h, and just 9 seconds to increase from 0 to 100 kilometer/h. It is ensured that the drive will be amazing, very similar to your 3-liter V6 engine.
Till the time the battery is completely charged, the gasoline engine will not be at work and will remain off the Opel Ampera and maximum velocity will not be there. At average speeds the particular force arises from the principal electric motor, and when you really need more strength the power generator can be an auxiliary motor, drawing strength from power batteries and offering extra strength besides the main engine. Only if the batteries fall below a specific level (by no means get entirely down) will the gasoline engine come to function and that too is not meant to be used for a long drive…it is to be used to get the vehicle to a place to recharge the batteries. Touring at large speeds, the particular generator, driven from the combustion engine, also adds a section of its power to the electric powered motor and at all times, the generator and the motion of the motors are fully automatic. The motorist can select from three running modes, normal, sport using a more immediate a reaction to the accelerator, as well as the so referred to as “Mountain”, best when trying to overcome any steep incline.
Having discussed the way they function, and although just about all the essential data has been collated, we could compare the particular Toyota Prius as well as the Opel Ampera on other features too. Toyota covers an average consumption of about 2.6 l/100 km for Prius plug-in, practically 1. 5 l/100 km lower than the existing Prius. This is plausible, because inside the test routine, consumption during the urban travel is zero. During regular practical use, as soon as you deplete the batteries and run the engine, the Prius consumes about the same as the existing, i.e. around 5.5 and 6 l/ 100 kilometer.
Opel will not offer virtually any data about this for Ampera. In comparison, the Ampera standing just beyond your home with charged batteries has an edge compared to the Toyota, because it includes better performance and even more autonomy. Yet on trips that are longer, knowing that the tank keeps 36 liters of the fuel and the Opel covers autonomy in “spread” regarding 500 more miles, we could calculate that usage of highway and also in city roads, the Ampera will probably be around with 7 l/100 kilometer.
We can easily thus say the Opel Ampera benefits in electric powered mode, because you can make use of it everyday without gain limit and no need regarding gasoline inside runs that are almost twice as long when it comes to the Toyota Prius. But to be able to leave town and confront long travels things are completely different: the Toyota Prius offers higher leading speed (180km/h), slightly higher autonomy and also about 1-2 liters lesser consumption per 100 km. Another aspect we have not discussed is the seating arrangement; the Opel Ampera with its customized chassis configuration and batteries in a ‘T’ formation only has the carrier configuration for four people.
The Opel Ampera will be launched in November in the current year and will be priced at 42,900 euros, pending the particular possible aid for your purchase regarding electric autos. For the Toyota Prius plug the wait is longer as it may not be launched until mid-2012. Even though there is no final price to be quoted, it is expected that the access model is under the 30,000 euros (existing Prius charges 23, 950 euros).