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Most everyone has that adventurous friend or family member who decides to just pick up and move to Europe. The Opel Ampera is the Chevy Volt's European counterpart and near-identical twin. To the untrained eye, these extended-range EVs look pretty much the same, but a closer examination of exterior styling and differing drive modes reveals some key differences for the European market.


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      james14za
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think gas price is the real difference as to why EVs are not popular in the US. We in the states cry like spoiled children for paying $4 a gallon. In Europe they are paying $7 to $8 or higher per gallon. There is an incentive in Europe to purchase an EV, where in the US it is not quite there.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wasn't even aware of the existence of penny auctions until about 6 weeks ago. Now I can't imagine buying anything other than food or clothing anyplace else. My favorite is at ( http://tinyurl.com/TopBargains ) It took me a few days to figure out how to bid but now I am savings big bucks there. How they can sell iPads, Macbooks, HDTVs, Digital Cameras, Gaming Consoles, and more for steep discounts of 75%, 80%, or even 85% off retail price, I don't know. I do know that I bought my son an iPad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Loews gift cards for $48. Why would I shop anyplace else?
      • 3 Years Ago
      We had a Honda Jet while we lived in UK. We looked at the Honda Fit - the exact same car here. What I don't understand why the Jet gets much better gas mileage. Everything is the same just a differrent country. Same with the BMW my husband drove. The model here does not get anywhere close to the same car in the UK.
        hillchas
        • 2 Years Ago
        American cars have Emissions controls that destroy fuel economy, That equipment not mandated in Europe
        crabbo71
        • 3 Years Ago
        FIRST OF ALL JAKE THE IMPERIAL GALLON IS BIGGER THAN A GALLON OF AMERICAN GAS,,THINK 39 OZ X 4 = IMPERIAL GALLON,,,NOW THINK 32 OZX4= AMERICAN GALLON...AND THE OCTANE RATING OF EUROPEAN GASOLINE IS ABOUT AS HIGH AS OUR PREMIUM GASOLINE...I KNOW OUR GASOLINE IS CHEAPER BUT OUR OCTANE IS LESS ALSO...ANOTHER FACT;;;MOST EUROPEAN CARS HAVE 11 TO 1 COMPRESSION FOR THEIR REGULAR CARS,,AND ABOUT 12 TO 12.5 TO 1 COMPRESSION FOR THEIR HIGHER END CARS,,,YOU WILL FIND THAT IF YOU HAVE AN IMPORTED GASOLINE CAR YOU NEED TO RUN PREMIUM IN IT......
          james14za
          • 2 Years Ago
          @crabbo71
          hi crabbo i know your post is months old but they recycled the story today and i thought you might be interested to know that the gallon measurement, whether imperial or american means nothing to those in the uk or to europeans. gasoline is sold by the litre everywhere but here in the us. the difference in mileage is probably attributed to at least two factors. 1. smaller engine size (yes, they have way more engine options due to their fuel prices). 2 increased weight due to american safety standards.
      mama5844
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah hell. I thought it was going to be an article about single payer national health care.....
      ncrwaks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Use fossil fuels. Burn Middle Eastern oil until it is gone. Used motor oil is good for your lawn.
      toteit1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not cars. We want their much better looking women.
      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      No what we need is the Brathurst models here ! Enough with the snooze mobiles.
        dnsh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John
        Wouldn't that be nice to be able to buy Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores that aren't diluted to the point of being unrecognizeable.
      jselwhpl
      • 2 Years Ago
      "that mode" If the generater is supplying power ie: you ran out of battery now generater starts to "drive motor" . Drive motor being electric drive motor , not engine. The generater on a volt does turn off, " AUTO STOP". that feature is here in usa. I can sit in traffic and burn no gasoline. 1200 miles haven't purchased fuel yet, still have gas in tank from original purchase, getting over 50 miles on full charge. How much are you paying for fuel? If this battery holds out , I'll come out ahead !
      LL
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      digitalmag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Surprise! That car is made in the USA. On the same line as the Chevy Volt. I saw a news report on the Volt and I wondered what that very different looking car on the assembly line was. Now I know. By the way, we also export BMWs and Mercedes Benz to Europe and the world and at one time Honda Accord wagons where exported to Japan from Ohio. You don't hear too much about on the news, but American workers are as good and as productive as any in the world.
        dnsh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @digitalmag
        Would those be the same workers undercover cameras caught drinking and using drugs on their lunch hour?
      crabbo71
      • 3 Years Ago
      THE ONLY WAY AN EXTENDED RUN EV IS REALLY EFFICIENT IS IF IT HAS A DIESEL ENGINE...I WOULD NEVER BUY A EV THAT DID NOT HAVE ONE.. AND MOST EV REALLY DO NOT SURPAS A DIESEL POWERED CAR ANYWAY,,,SO WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT A GASOLINE EV CAR/HATCH.???
        bzh484
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crabbo71
        I have a diesel operated car. Never again. Yes good mileage but the premium one pays for diesel vs regular is close to 40 cents and have paid 50 cents more per gallon. The mileage in the city is better but no where near to offset the price.
      alfredschrader
      • 3 Years Ago
      Battery powered cars have always had one drawback, they are heavy and lack power. The solution is something called stored charge technology or Thunderdrive. I invented it. How it works is around 5,000 amps of electric current is stored using carbon foam technology. This amperage is discharged through a special hollow winding T motor for better acceleration than a Corvette. The carbon foam is recharged in seconds with a small fuel sipping motor that gets 90 miles per gallon. Carbon foam storage devices weigh around one tenth that of a battery and last forever....Al-
        jorwmu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alfredschrader
        Dude I Googled your "thunder drive" and your name and all it lists is you claiming to have invented stuff on AOL autos LOL Nice try dude but you're not impressing anyone here and certainly not gonna get any interest if you're not full of BS, like I think you are. Enjoy mums basement
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