Opel looking to launch fuel cell vehicle by 2016

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During a recent visit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán questioned Opel to learn more of the German automaker's strategy for sustainable mobility. Reports claim that Opel execs quietly revealed the company is looking to launch a fuel cell vehicle by 2016. For the record, Opel's press release only says:
Fuel cell propelled electric vehicles can be commercialized by a 2015/2016 timeframe, but progress will depend upon development of a suitable refueling infrastructure.
Opel is currently focused on downsizing its engines and launching the plug-in hybrid 2012 Ampera, but the brand's future reportedly holds a fuel cell vehicle and an electric-only automobile, a sign that General Motors Europe takes "green" vehicles rather seriously. During Orbán's tour of Opel's facility, the automaker confirmed that it will invest 11 billion Euros ($16 billion U.S. at the current exchange rate) to develop, as Inhabitat speculates, an electric-only vehicle for release in 2014. With so much time between now and then, though, we'd wager that Opel's long-term "green" vehicle plans will see plenty of alterations.

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Prime Minister Orbán Visits Opel

Meeting with Opel management on sustainability strategy and Ampera test drive


Rüsselsheim. The Hungarian Prime Minister and EU Council Chairman Viktor Orbán visited Adam Opel AG to learn about the company's strategy for sustainable mobility. During his visit Orban met with the Opel management board, took a test drive in the Opel Ampera and visited the plant and the Design Center, where he viewed future Opel models.

Opel's sustainable mobility startegyis focused ondownsized highly efficient combustion engines and the launch of an extended range electric vehicle this year. Fuel cell propelled electric vehicles can be commercialized by a 2015/2016 timeframe, but progress will depend upon development of a suitable refueling infrastructure.

Prime Minister Orbán drove the extended-range electric vehicle Ampera, which will be on the market by the end of this year. Thanks to its high driving range of 500 kilometers and on-board power generation, the Ampera is the first electric vehicle that can be used universally just like cars with a combustion engine. As part of a government initiative for green mobility, Hungarian authorities will evaluate the Opel Ampera.

In the Opel Design Center, Vice President of Design Mark Adams presented several new models which Opel will launch by 2014 within the framework of its eleven billion euro investment program.

The three new engine families that play an important role in Opel's model initiative will be built in a new plant in Szentgotthárd, Hungary from December 2012. These are a family of small gasoline engines, one of medium-sized gasoline engines and one of medium-sized diesel engines.

The new engines already fulfill the strict EURO 6 emissions standard of the future and have especially low CO2 emissions.

Opel management board member Reinald Hoben underlined the important role of the new engine production plant. "Thanks to their high efficiency and low CO2 emissions, the new engines from the plant in Szentgotthárd are an important pillar – next to electric cars and fuel-cell technology – in our model initiative which establishes us as a pacemaker for sustainable mobility."

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