Final Production Version of Opel Ampera to Debut in Geneva
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Opel has stated that it will reveal the final production version of the Ampera at the Geneva Auto Show in March. In fact, the Opel Ampera, the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2009 and also was showcased at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.
“The production model of the Opel Ampera that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show does not deviate from the targets set during the development phase while its bold design remains very close to that of the early concept cars.” Opel said.
The company revealed that the all-electric five-door Ampera will be powered by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery for the first 25-50 miles. For longer trips, a gasoline-fueled engine/generator can reportedly extend the total driving range to more than 500 kilometers on a full tank.
In addition, the Ampera can be recharged in around four hours at 230V via the on-board charge system that can be plugged into a standard outlet.
Furthermore, Opel claimed that the 111 kW/150 hp electric motor is capable of producing 370 Nm torque from a standstill. The Opel Ampera is expected to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds with a top speed of 100 mph.
Styling of the Ampera features a prominent grille, bold Opel badge as well as boomerang headlamps. Total wheelbase of the Opel Ampera is 2685 mm. It is also equipped with specially developed low rolling-resistance tires on 17-inch forged aluminum wheels.
“The Ampera defines a new class of e-mobility. No other electric vehicle provides the freedom of individual transportation as the Opel Ampera.” said Alain Visser, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Opel.
Starting price throughout Europe for the base model is expected to be EUR 42,900, including national VAT. Meanwhile, sales of the Opel Ampera are set to commence in the fourth quarter of 2011.