Official: Opel Amera will be available before the end of this year image

European automaker Opel on Wednesday said that the company will deliver first Opel Amera electric vehicle before the end of this year.

The wheels of the Opel Ampera are electrically driven at all times. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds an advanced, 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40 and 80 km of pure electric operation with zero emissions – depending on terrain, driving technique and temperature – when fully charged.

According to the ECE R101 regulation for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the Ampera consumes less than 1.6 l/100 km and emits less than 40 g/km CO2 (preliminary data).

While independent research shows that the Ampera’s pure battery zero-emissions driving range is sufficient to meet the daily needs of 80 percent of European drivers, it also provides a total driving range of more than 500 kilometers thanks to its range-extending gasoline engine. This is seamlessly engaged to generate electricity if and when the battery has reached its minimum state of charge.

The Ampera is as easy to recharge and comes equipped with a six meter long charging cable conveniently stowed in the trunk. Using a standard 230V/16A power outlet, owners can fully recharge the battery in less than four hours and also program the charging time to take advantage of lower, off-peak electricity rates.

The Ampera goes on sale throughout Europe at a recommended retail price of 42,900 euros. Like all Opel products, the Ampera is backed by a lifetime/160,000 km vehicle warranty (Germany/UK) and an eight year/160,000 km guarantee for the battery system.