2011 Opel Ampera Prototype

After we have seen the Opel Ampera concept version in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, this year Opel is taking a step forward with the unveiling of the first prototype of the production Ampera.

The first prototype has received its first charge of electricity and will be put of test on a long-distance drive from Rüsselsheim to Geneva. The Ampera extended-range electric vehicle will use the energy stored in its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to drive the first stage of the 600 kilometers journey from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, without emitting CO2.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The first prototype of the production Ampera today received its initial charge of electricity from the newly installed recharging station at Opel’s headquarters.

The Ampera extended-range electric vehicle will use the energy stored in its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to drive the first stage of the 600 kilometers journey from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, without emitting CO2.

At the wheel will be Opel/Vauxhall Director of Electric Vehicle Implementation, Gherardo Corsini. “I am really looking forward to putting a lot of “miles” on our first Ampera prototype during this maiden test on public roads,” said Corsini. “With 370 Nm of instantaneous, electric torque under my right foot, it promises to be an interesting and almost silent drive to Geneva."

When the battery’s charge is low after around 60 km, the Ampera’s on-board internal combustion engine will start to generate electricity to drive the wheels for the remainder of the journey.

A battery electric vehicle would need to find a recharging station and stop for up to several hours to recharge its depleted battery before continuing the journey. The Ampera, however, brings emission-free electric mobility without the limitations of conventional electric cars. It can drive on seamlessly and without interruption for more than 500 km before plugging into a household socket or filling up with fuel.

The prototype’s long-distance drive from Rüsselsheim to Geneva demonstrates that the five-door, four-seat Ampera can be the primary vehicle in the household, ready to drive anywhere, any time. Series-production of the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera is scheduled to begin at the end of 2011.

Opel’s own bloggers will accompany the Ampera on its first long distance test under real world conditions. Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, the blog will give regular updates about the journey to Geneva and continue until March 3, the day before the motor show begins. The blog can be found at:

www.opel.posterous.com
twitter.com/opelblog


19 comments:

The headlight of this one is oozing with angst and aggressiveness, which impressed me a lot, and I must say that it’s decent and hygienic body paint is also very striking, but I wonder if what will really be the figure performance of it.

The decency of this Prototype is very impressive, and I must say that I love the angst that its headlights expressing. Anyway, is it an electric car? And I just hope that they really put this on market production.

I’m not sure with what is my feelings for this one, haha this one is really have the angst and so awesome! I super love the aggressive look of the front light of this car.

I’m not sure with what is my feelings for this one, haha this one is really awesome and cool! I super love the aggressive look of the front light of this Opel.

I’m not sure what do I feel for this one, haha this one is really have the angst! I super love the aggressive look of the front light of this Opel Ampera Prototype.

Well, its just a proof on how unreliable is this car. If you have watched the video on how Top Gear woes electric cars, they have mentioned the various problem on this car and the highlight would be the charging process.

Opel’s own bloggers will accompany the Ampera on its first long distance test under real world conditions.

This hearkens to some old High School memories. I drove a ’68 Opel Kadet Rallye. It was gold with black stripe and chrome wheels. It had more engine vacuum leaks then my grandmother’s Hoover. Traded it square for ’64 Galaxie 500. I think I got the better end of the deal!

So sad, that this car wouldn’t be available in the US market. I would also have to say that in the US range will not be an issue with this car. 40 miles on electric only would be a deal breaker if there were not a gas engine backup.

The concept appears to take aim at the Ford S-Max MPV, but Opel has yet to clarify if this is the precursor of a production vehicle or a study in a new design direction for the brand.

but being able to drive an Opel Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe.

Also, since GM will likely lose money on every Volt sold until it can bring the costs of the batteries down through mass-production, staggering the release dates means that perhaps they’ll be turning a profit by the time it’s released in Europe.

3 factors should help to give the Ampera success in Europe, rather that the debatable business case in the States. 1st, Europeans are willing to pay much more for small cars than much of the US. The relationship of small (C segment) to cheap is just not there. 2nd, commutes are bit shorter, so the Voltec drive train should be able to accommodate more peoples daily needs. Last, the Sky-high fuel prices could actually make it a viable choice. That said, can I please get a diesel Malibu? That sure would help with my 150+ mile days.

I like it, so much better than the Volt (maybe). It does look a lot like the Prius though, but i know aerodynamics dictates that. Still though!

I looks aggressive, I love the projector lamps and fog lamps, they are highlighted with black that runs through hood and under bumper.

One of the fears that I have for electric cars specially with long journeys as that 600 kilometer drive. Even though it may only take a few hours, in case that the car needs to be recharged in a place that has no plug or electricity, what do you do with it? I mean it’s not like gasoline that once it runs out and gets refilled, it can work but with electric cars, you’d have to wait for a specific number of hours for it to finish recharging.

well that’s the problem with electric cars, you’ll have to spent more time charging than travelling. what if you’re in a hurry? dang... it took several hours for it to be fully charged.

Bold and aggressive looking, well they should already put it into production. but chevy volt is way better than this in terms of performance and technology, but into looks ampera is better.

I think this really is a design that does not age well at all. Then again I am somewhat grateful that at least it looks somewhat distinctive. There are way too many bland generic drives which I could not care less about.

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