Opel and Vauxhall will sell the extended-range Ampera electric car for EUR42,900 in Europe from the fourth quarter of next year, the auto maker said Thursday.
Because trim levels will differ from market to market, prices in each European country may differ. Ampera buyers will be eligible for government subsidies in some European markets.
Opel has also confirmed that it is researching customer preferences in terms of financing and leasing schemes with these options to be announced later.
Euro-spec Ampera cars use the same 16-kWh lithium ion battery pack, good for an all-electric range of around 40 miles, although a 1.4-liter I-4 can come online to help provide power during high-speed cruising.
Customers wishing to reserve an Ampera can register at www.opel-ampera.com and become an ‘ePioneer’, receiving news and a chance to test drive the electric car. Sales start in the fourth quarter of 2011.
PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS: Opel Ampera General
Vehicle type: 5-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback
Category: Electric vehicle with extended-range capability
Chassis: independent McPherson struts front, compound crank twist axle rear, four-wheel disc brakes, full regenerative brakes to maximize energy capture, electric power-assist steering
Seating capacity: four
Top speed (km/h): 161
EV range (km): 40 – 80 (MVEG cycle)
Total range (km) > 500
Wheelbase (mm): 2685
Length (mm): 4404
Width (mm): 1798
Height (mm): 1430
Cargo volume (L): 301
Energy (kWh) 16
Electric drive unit
Power (kW / hp): 111 / 150
Torque (Nm): 370
Tire and wheel size: specially developed low rolling-resistance tires on 17-inch forged aluminum wheels