Opel Ampera Hybrid Coming In 2011 To EU

Opel International, a General Motors (GM) subsidiary in Europe, has announced the roll out of the new, plug-in hybrid Opel Ampera in 2011 and is taking reservations now.

According to GM, the Ampera’s extended range will make it a practical car not just for city dwellers, but for everyone else, too. In addition to its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, the car features a proprietary electric propulsion system that puts its all-electric driving range to 24-50 miles (40-80 kilometers) without the addition of a bulkier battery. It also recharges in just three hours.

Opel Ampera

image via General Motors

Should you run out of juice, never fear. The Ampera also features a gasoline-fueled engine/generator that extends range to around 300 miles (500 kilometers) on a full tank. Since studies have shown that most Europeans drive 37 miles (60 kilometers) or less a day, GM believes that vehicles like the Ampera will provide for zero tail-pipe emissions driving for the majority of the continent’s populace with no appreciable change in lifestyle. The car will be available for a base price of 42,900 Euros.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.