When we get to Geneva for the big show in early March, Opel will have the production of its first Voltec technology car ready to debut. The Ampera, as it will be called, is essentially an Opel-branded version of the Chevy Volt. Judging from the teaser that GM just released, it looks like the Ampera will get the same basic hatchback body shape as the Volt but with a front clip more like the Flextreme concept we saw at Frankfurt in 2007. Presumably, the Ampera will also get the scooped out character line behind the front fender like other new Opels are getting although we can't see that detail in this image.
[Source: General Motors]
Opel To Reveal Ampera Electric Car At Geneva Motor Show
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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.