The European unit of General Motors Co. will sell the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera (a rebadged Chevrolet Volt) for EUR42,900 (about $58,000). However, Opel sales and marketing head Alain Visser said in a statement that the steeper price of the Ampera will come with high quality features.
Premium features to be included in the Ampera include Bose speakers and touch-screen monitors. Opel said it has starting taking reservations for the Ampera and deliveries are set to start commence in October 2010.
The Ampera will be produced alongside the Volt at GM’s plant in Warren, Michigan, and the Ampera shares Volt’s technology. But it has more styling modifications like Opel’s bold-looking grille.
Opel said it will not offer buyers the opportunity to buy the Ampera at a lower cost while leasing the car’s expensive battery pack, which is a retail model that some carmakers use to bring to sticker prices of their EVs in line with conventionally-powered cars.
Meeting the travel needs of the public without harming the environment is regarded to be one of the main advantages of owning a MY2011 Opel Ampera. There is no need for the driver to frequently queue at fuel stations since the EV can be recharged wherever there is an electric outlet.
There is also no need for drivers to worry about the Ampera being able to tackle different weather conditions as it has been designed and developed to run on electricity at all times and speeds. Whenever needed, the Ampera offers travel versatility for its owners.
Drivers can rely on full electric power – stored in a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery – for the first 40 to 80 kilometers of emission-free and environment-friendly driving. Since research showed that around 80 percent of Europeans drive less than 60 kilometers a day, traveling with an emission-free Ampera would be an ideal proposition.
Once the battery’s power goes low, drivers can quickly recharge it within around three hours at 230v by simply plugging the Ampera’s on-board charge system into a standard outlet. Should drivers need to travel a distance longer than the Ampera’s offered EV range, their worries will be negated with a gasoline-fueled engine/generator.
Together, power from a fully charged electric battery and from a full-tank gasoline engine allows the Ampera to travel over 500 kilometers. Aside from Ampera’s travel versatility, its other selling points include its stylish yet efficient design and the premium content within its cabin like Bose speakers and touch-screen monitors.
Ampera features Opel’s new design language that includes a prominent grille, bold Opel badge and bold boomerang headlamps. Since every aspect of the vehicle was made for efficiency, the Ampera is now one of the most aerodynamic and energy-efficient vehicles in the market.