GM’s Opel will introduce its application of the Voltec extended range electric vehicle architecture in the form of the new Ampera. The five-door, four-seat Opel Ampera will be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
For short trips up to 60 km (37 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 internal combustion engine.
The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers. For example, approximately 80% of German drivers travel less than 50 km daily.
Additional information on the Opel Ampera will be released 3 March at the Geneva Motor Show.
In 2007, GM unveiled the third variant of its what it then called its E-Flex electric vehicle architecture at the Frankfurt Motor Show. (Earlier post.) The Opel Flextreme was a plug-in diesel series hybrid that offered up to 55 km (34 miles) of all-electric range. A 1.3-liter turbodiesel powered an onboard generator to replenish the 16 kWh li-ion battery pack and extend the vehicle’s driving range to a total of 715 km (444 miles).