After Opel unveiled the prototype version of the Ampera electric sedan a couple of months ago, we knew that the announcement of a pre-production model would soon follow. That announcement has come with the first pre-production 2012 Ampera rolling off GM’s Pre-Production Operations assembly line in Warren, Michigan.
Among other models like it, the pre-production Ampera will be used for testing and validating the production intent design as well as developing the final vehicle software and controls. Some of these pre-production vehicles will only be used to tune the overall driving experience while others will see a short lifespan as they are used for safety and structural integrity testing. Enter crash test dummy Amperas, please. The Ampera can travel about 60km on one charge with its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery emitting zero CO2. Once the car’s charge is depleted, the Ampera will switch to a 1.4-liter gas engine which has been borrowed from the Volt. The Opel Ampera will go on sale in 2011.
Press release after the jump.