What drives electric range?

The range on a full charge depends mainly on the battery capacity and the vehicle’s electricity consumption. Battery capacity and the vehicle’s electricity consumption are subject to several factors:


  • Electric consumption is affected by such factors as the driving style of the driver and the topography of the particular route.
  • Electric capacity is influenced by for example the external temperature.

How did we measure the electric range?

The range of the Ampera-e has been measured using the standardized test method based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). As of 1 September 2017, certain new vehicles have been type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is a new, more realistic test procedure for, amongst others, measuring the electric range. Since 1 September 2018 the WLTP has fully replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which was the test procedure before. The range measured based on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is 423 km. Due to more realistic test conditions, the electric range measured under the WLTP is in many cases lower compared to the range measured under the NEDC. Naturally, the maximum range in everyday use deviates from the NEDC and also from the WLTP  values. In practice, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style or additional load influence the range. 

How can you optimize the range?

In practice, factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, and especially the personal driving style, affect the range. This is how you can maximize your range:


  • Moderate speed: The faster you drive, the more energy you use up.
  • Relaxed driving style: Limit your acceleration and use regenerative braking.
  • Perfect starting temperature: Pre-condition your car before take off, ideally when the car is still plugged in. This prevents the energy used for thermal comfort to be drained from the battery.
  • Save on electricity: Pleasant extras often use lots of energy. So use air conditioning and other electric equipment sparingly. Tipp: If you need to warm up, seat heating needs less energy than car heating!
  • Use the most efficient route: Uphill needs a lot of energy, downhill even regenerates energy and extend your range.


You can monitor all driving efficiency values on the 10.2" touchscreen. This helps you to adjust your driving style in order to maximize range.

What equipment do I need for charging?

 The Ampera-e comes with a standard charge cord that can be used at any household socket (2,3 kW) that fits a SchuKo plug. At public charging stations working with alternate current (AC) you will need to bring your own cable, which you can buy here. At public fast charging stations working with direct current (DC) you do not need to bring anything as the cord is already integrated.