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Click above for image gallery of the Opel Ampera

Holden. Chevy. Opel. Vauxhall. These are the brands that we know will get a version of the plug-in Volt. Granted, the Europeans will call it the Ampera, but under all those models will be the Voltec technology that gives the sedan a 60-km (37-mile) electric-only range and a 500-km (310-mile) total range when the gas tank is filled up. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, General Motors announced that British Volt fans will be able to get a right-hand drive version of the Vauxhall Ampera some time after the Ampera's production start in late 2011.

In Europe, GM is testing a vehicle plug-in infrastructure with utility company Iberdrola of Spain, among others. One difference between the Ampera and Volt is that most European outlets supply higher voltage, between 220v and 240v, instead of the 110v plugs commonly used in the U.S. How this affects the car's charging time remains to be seen. See new pictures of the Opel- and Vauxhall-branded Amperas in the galleries below. If you only have time to look at one image, check out what they've done to the interior. Wow.

Video and more after the jump.

Gallery: Opel Ampera

[Source: GM]



Geneva World Premiere: Opel Ampera to Debut in 2011

March 2, 2009

Electric car with 500 km extended range

Geneva/Rüsselsheim. The revolutionary Opel Ampera today celebrated its world premiere at the 79th Geneva Motor Show. General Motors Europe president, Carl-Peter Forster, unveiled the extended-range electric vehicle and announced plans to put the car into production in late 2011.

The Ampera will also be offered with right-hand drive in the United Kingdom by Opel's sister-brand, Vauxhall.

"The Opel Ampera further demonstrates GM's leadership in the electrification of the automobile," said Carl-Peter Forster. "Its ground-breaking Voltec electric propulsion system is the kind of game-changing technology the automotive industry needs to respond to energy and environmental challenges."

The five-door, four-seat Ampera is influenced by Opel's award-winning design language of sculptural artistry meets German precision, incorporating several styling cues from the innovative Flextreme and GTC Concept show cars
"There could not be a more fitting way to celebrate Opel's 110 years of innovation in the car industry than by revealing the Ampera," said Alain Visser, GME Vice President Opel.

The Ampera's wheels are turned electrically at all times and speeds. For journeys up to 60 km (MVEG), it runs on electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits zero CO2. When the battery's energy is depleted, electricity from an engine-generator extends the Ampera's range to more than 500 km.

The Ampera can be plugged into any household 230v outlet for charging. GM Europe is analyzing the requirements of a recharging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars with energy companies, including Iberdrola of Spain.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are Americans always being stuck with conservative and inferior looking variants of car models? Why can't we have what the Europeans get?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree and it's so not fair. Whether it be Ford or GM, Europe always gets better designs. Why do we have to wait longer for the Cruz and get stuck with that POS Cobalt? I hope American car companies fail for trying to screw Americans. I never have and probably will never by an American car. Hum... I wonder why American car sales are slumping the most here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the front, it's very cool, but the back is just.... meh.
      It doesn't really look like anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does look better, i like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I looks like it's crying with tears
      • 6 Years Ago
      My only concern about the Ampera is what happens to the battery pack when roving gangs of disgruntled German youth set it on fire.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looking good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Because a Chevrolet Volt with different front and rear bumpers and Opel/Vauxhall badges is somehow more superior than itself...

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks better than the Volt too... not that the Volt is bad looking btw. I'm more interested in the prices of both when they go on sale though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn! I love this. That Piano Black interior is truly classy. I hope The Volt gets that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I may not be correct on this, but the Volt's interior can be configured w/ the black center console. the red door panels make the inside look cool, but I just know that 10 years from now the will make the car look so dated.
        and, oh yeah, it looks infinitely better then the Volt. ( and I am correct on this)
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Volt more. The shapes and curves on the Ampera don't fit it well, they'd be more at home with something exotic and fast, not something as boring as a hybrid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. This looks so tacky, right down to its clear wheels and grill under glass.
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