Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Teaser Shot : Chevy Volt-based Opel Ampera; an electric car will debut at 2009 Geneva Motor Show

When the new Chevrolet Volt goes into production, it will only be sold in America. Nevertheless, GM announced that it will take the wraps off an extended-range electric Volt-based car for the European and market. It will debut as a concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show this March.

“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.

Like the Volt, the Ampera will use GM's ground-breaking electric propulsion technology, called Voltec, operates differently from other advanced propulsion systems. For short trips up to 60km (40 miles), 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 1.4L engine.

According to GM, 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 60 km daily. With the right pricing the car could be a huge success.

GM released only one teaser image of the Ampera. The car has minor changes as the new front fascia, and looks way better than the Volt's front fascia. But in overall it is very likely going to be very similar to the Chevy Volt.

Source: [Opel]

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