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.
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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