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The Opel Ampera managed to win the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally for electric cars and alternative fuel powered vehicles on Sunday, the 25th of March.

According to the German based automaker, from the seven Opel Ampera models which competed in the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally, four of those finished in top 10, but the French duo, made out of Joseph Lambert and Bernard Darniche, finished first, and the Ampera teams, with Charlotte Berton and Olivier Sussot ranked third. Jean-Claude Andruet and Patrick Lienne ended the race on the 7th position and Daniel Riesen along with Werner Wirth finished on the 8th place.

“The Ampera’s success in this versatility contest under very challenging conditions proves its impressive balance between durability and fuel efficiency. This underscores our leadership role in the field of alternative propulsion”, said the Opel Director of E-mobility, Enno Fuchs.

130 competitors from 30 manufacturers took part in the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally for electric cars and alternative fuel powered vehicles including models like the Tesla Roadster, Renault Fluence Z.E., Mitsubishi I-MiEV, Peugeot Ion or the Fisker Karma.

As a small reminder, the Opel Ampera is actually a rebadged Chevrolet Volt which is coming with a 16 kWh battery pack, powering the 150HP electric motor. Opel says that the model can go up to 80 km on electric power alone but the range can be extended up to 500 km, with the help of the petrol engine, which is acting like a generator.