GM’s European subsidiary, Opel, has announced they will be pulling the covers off of their newest hybrid creation, the Opel Amepera Electric Car, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. Drawing heavy inspiration from its North American counterpart, the Chevy Volt, the Opel Ampera is not only underpinned by the same Delta II platform as the Volt, but also shares the Volt’s electric-hybrid drivetrain as well. Utilizing GM’s new Voltec technology, the Opel Ampera is powered by both an advanced lithium ion battery and a small internal combustion, the former which can be recharged via any standard 230v outlet.
Touted as Europe’s first extended-range electric production vehicles, further information on the Ampera’s performance will be revealed during it’s initial unveiling to the automotive media at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2009.
Opel To Reveal Ampera Electric Car At Geneva Motor Show
Opel Ampera to feature innovative GM Voltec technology
Rüsselsheim. Opel has announced Ampera as the name of its revolutionary extended-range electric car. The five-door, four-seat Opel Ampera will be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show (March 5-15).
“With the Ampera, Opel will be the first European automobile manufacturer to provide customers several hundred kilometers of non-stop electric driving,” said Alain Visser, GM Europe Chief Marketing Officer.
GM’s ground-breaking electric propulsion technology, called Voltec, operates differently from other advanced propulsion systems. For short trips up to 60 km, the Ampera will run only on lithium-ion battery power charged via a standard 230v outlet. For longer distances, the car will continue to drive on electricity that is generated by a small internal combustion engine.
The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers. For example, approximately 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50 km daily.
Additional information on the Opel Ampera will be released March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show.