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2011 Opel Ampera

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Does something look familiar? Do these pictures look a lot like something we saw in September?

Opel and Vauxhall get their own versions of the Chevrolet Volt called the Ampera. Usually when cars are developed for other markets and other countries, there are some major changes, but that not the case with the Ampera. The electric car with a gas backing powertrain from the Volt (now called Voltec) was developed to recharge on 110V (standard U.S.) or 230V (standard Europe).

All the other major components of the Volt/Ampera, including the 1.4-liter gas engine, are also utilized in the Chevrolet Cruze, which was designed to be sold around the world. The most notable changes on the Ampera are the visual touches on the front fascia to give the car a family resemblance to GM’s other European offerings.

For journeys up to 60 km, the five-door, four-seat hatchback runs on electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits zero CO2. When the battery’s energy is depleted, the gasoline engine will then be used to recharge the battery, and extend the Ampera’s range to more than 500 km. We didn’t bother to convert these figures because we wanted to give our metric-loving friends a break, and they are the same as already reported on the Volt.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel Hemorrhages $12k for Every Amepra-E (Rebadged Chevy Bolt) Sold

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Peugeot parent company PSA Group is looking to recoup close half the amount it paid for Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors on claims that it was misled regarding Opel’s emissions strategy. The French automaker closed a deal with American counterpart on the sale of Opel and Vauxhall for $2 billion. The deal was completed just last month, but now PSA Group is up-in-arms over its claims that GM misled the company into believing that its Opel would miss the European Union’s 2021 CO2 emissions target for passenger vehicles of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Barely a month after taking ownership of Opel, the French automaker now things that Opel would be at least 10kg/km over the limit.

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2017 Opel Ampera-e

2017 Opel Ampera-e

A rebadged version of the Bolt EV for non-U.S. markets

When Chevy announced the Bolt EV back in January, we knew that eventually Opel and Vauxhall would follow suit. It took a while, but we eventually started seeing spy shots of the Opel version, which is, of course, being called the Ampera-e. We knew from the spy shots that the Ampera-e would be nothing more than a rebadged Bolt EV, and sure enough, it made its debut at Paris looking identical to its American cousin with the exception of some different badging. The good news is that the Ampera-e gets the Bolt’s advanced electric drivetrain that promises around 236 miles on a single charge. It does pack a pretty interesting and spacious interior with features like Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a navigation system with EV-optimized routing.

If that electric range sounds familiar, that’s because it’s identical to that of the Bolt EV here in the U.S., which means that we know for sure it not only looks the same but is motivated by the same powertrain. But, that’s okay when it comes to the competition as the Ampera-e will beat out just about every other EV out there as far as range goes Competition from competitors like the Fiat 500e, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Renault Zoe is strong, but none of them offer up more than 200 miles on a single charge. With the original Ampera being a complete flop for GM, the Ampera-e may be able to save the name if Opel can actually get customers to give it a try.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Ampera-E and talk a little more about it.

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Opel Ampera-e Debuts In Paris With 310-Mile Range

Opel Ampera-e Debuts In Paris With 310-Mile Range

The most efficient EV in Europe

American cars rarely take center stage at European auto shows, but it has happened quite often in recent years, especially with the sixth-generation Ford Mustang and several Cadillac nameplates going global. This year’s Paris Motor Show will also feature a number of American vehicles, one of which is the Chevrolet Bolt. However, don’t go looking for it at the Chevy booth, as the compact electric car will sold in Europe under the Opel badge. And it will called the Ampera-e.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Opel is already using it for the Euro-spec version of the Chevrolet Volt. But the extra "e" in the name makes quite a difference, hinting that new hatchback features an all-electric drivetrain. And, much like its American sibling, it promises to return an impressive range.

Specifically, Opel claims that the Ampera-e will be good for at least 500 km (310 miles) on a single charge. That’s at least 100 km more than any other vehicle in similar segments can offer and some 200 km more than the BMW i3. However, that 500-km range might not be reached in the real world. After taking into consideration factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style, and load, Opel concluded that the Ampera-e can travel for more than 380 km (236 miles).

The impressive range also comes with strong performance figures such as a 0-to-50 km/h (31 mph) sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). All these figures are courtesy of the 60-kWh battery and the 204-PS (201-horsepower) and 360-Nm (266-pound-feet) electric motor. Opel’s new electric car is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2017.

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2011 Opel Ampera Police Car

2011 Opel Ampera Police Car

The production version of the Opel Ampera hasn’t even made its debut yet (its scheduled to show up at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show) and already the German General Motors division is marketing the vehicle towards the German Polizei. An electric vehicle doesn’t seem to be a logical choice for a police fleet, but in time everyone will be rocking the green movement, so why not start by making it wear some blue.

The Ampera is powered by a 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery making it 100% emission-free on the road. For any bad guys hoping the car will run out of juice during a pursuit, the Ampera is ready for action with a gasoline engine serving as a secondary source of energy. This engine also generates electricity for the vehicle, giving the Ampera an autonomy of over 500 kilometers (310 miles). Of course, catching up with those same bad guys will take some savvy driving considering the Ampera only has a top speed of just 160km/h (99mph) with a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of a time-consuming 9.0 seconds

Before the car makes it official debut in Geneva, Opel is offering its customers the opportunity to reserve their Ampera with a edposit of only 150 euro (about $203 at the current rates). There will be different models depending on the market, and prices will start from 36,050 euro (about $48,704 at the current rates).

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The first pre-production Opel Ampera rolled off the line

The first pre-production Opel Ampera rolled off the line

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.

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2011 Opel Ampera Prototype

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.

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2011 Opel Ampera

2011 Opel Ampera

Does something look familiar? Do these pictures look a lot like something we saw in September?

Opel and Vauxhall get their own versions of the Chevrolet Volt called the Ampera. Usually when cars are developed for other markets and other countries, there are some major changes, but that not the case with the Ampera. The electric car with a gas backing powertrain from the Volt (now called Voltec) was developed to recharge on 110V (standard U.S.) or 230V (standard Europe).

All the other major components of the Volt/Ampera, including the 1.4-liter gas engine, are also utilized in the Chevrolet Cruze, which was designed to be sold around the world. The most notable changes on the Ampera are the visual touches on the front fascia to give the car a family resemblance to GM’s other European offerings.

For journeys up to 60 km, the five-door, four-seat hatchback runs on electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits zero CO2. When the battery’s energy is depleted, the gasoline engine will then be used to recharge the battery, and extend the Ampera’s range to more than 500 km. We didn’t bother to convert these figures because we wanted to give our metric-loving friends a break, and they are the same as already reported on the Volt.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel Ampera Electric to debut in Geneva

Opel Ampera Electric to debut in Geneva

We’ve been suspecting that Opel would get its own version of the Chevrolet Volt ever since we first knew General Motors was adapting the car for production. It only makes sense that GM would spread the large development expenses to a continent where fuel costs more and is more eco-conscious than the U.S. Now we have official word that the first glimpse of Opel’s Volt, now called the Ampera, will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

From the supplied teaser image, the front has some obvious linage to the Flextreme concept as well as a little bit of the Insignia. The slice of the side profile that’s exposed also shows the car’s Volt roots. GM spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel with the Volt’s body, so it doesn’t need to start from scratch with the Opel version.

Just like the Volt, the Ampera will be a four-seat, five-door hatchback. It uses the same electric propulsion system, now called Voltec. The Ampera will be an electric-only car for journeys up to 60 km (about 40 miles), after that a an internal combustion engine will supplement the car to extend the range.

What still remains a little bit of a mystery until Geneva will be what kind of internal combustion engine will the Opel use. Although the Volt will use a gasoline engine, GM Europe has a wide range of diesels that may be attractive to eco-minded buyers. Also there has not been any recharge times given for the Ampera’s lithium-ion battery pack. Because most of Europe uses 230v outlets (compared to standard 110v units in the U.S.,) we suspect the charge time should be close to three hours.

Press release after the jump.

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