The plug-in hybrid Opel Ampera is likely to be offered with a price tag of 24,500 pounds (about 28,000 euros), according to Opel's managing director Hans Demant. The Opel Ampera was officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and is slated to go on sale in 2012.
With this price, the Opel Ampera would be less expensive than the top of the line Vauxhall Zafira with automatic transmission.
It is often referred to as the European Volt, probably because it features the same powertrain used by the Chevrolet Volt and shares most of the other features except the design.
The Ampera will rely on the Voltec technology, an electric propulsion system, which provides extended ranges during electric driving and of up to 60 km in full-electric mode. To recharge the battery is easy and uses only a standard 230v outlet.
Recently, Opel began road testing for the new plug-in hybrid, with a couple of models spotted undergoing heavy tests at the manufacturer's Dudenhofen proving ground.
Frank Weber, vehicle line executive for Ampera development, said that the Ampera proves that "a practical, electric four-seater, with cargo space" is capable of being the first automobile in the household, a goal that can be fully realized by 2011.