Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel Ampera Extended-Range Electric Car Would Look Right at Home in Saturn Lineup

Opel will unveil its version of the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March. The extended-range electric vehicle, which Opel will call the Ampera, will be a five-door, four-seat model that shares styling cues with both the Volt and last year's popular Flextreme concept. The Ampera is similar in size to the Saturn Astra. GM's ground-breaking electric propulsion technology, called Voltec, operates differently from other advanced propulsion systems. For short trips up to 60 km, the Ampera will run only on lithium-ion battery power charged via a standard 230v outlet. For longer distances, the car will continue to drive on electricity that is generated by a small internal combustion engine. According to the press release that accompanied that teaser photo above, approximately 80% of German drivers travel less than 50 km daily. Additional information about the Opel Ampera will be released March 3rd.

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A recent J.D. Power study predicts Saturn will grow its market share in the United States by 0.65 of a percentage point over the next five years. The increase will reportedly come as a result of the launch of three all-new vehicles that will compete in market segments that will be new to Saturn. Reuters reports the study was presented to dealers prior to the NADA conference.