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the Opel Ampera, the European-market of the much-vaunted Chevrolet Volt hybrid. It’s due to go on sale in a year after the Volt with a Vauxhall-badged, right-hand-drive arriving shortly after the

The main changes are to the nose but the interior will have levels of finish too. All will initially be built in the US, but GM is hoping to gain UK funding to the cars at the Ellesmere Port

At the heart of the Ampera, which is on a modified next-generation Astra (a car itself due for launch this is a 1.4-litre petrol engine, a electric motor, a generator and a battery which sits the rear seat and along the tunnel. The whole system is Voltec, and as of now we must stop it a plug-in hybrid because, Gherado Corsini who is GM’s of the E-REV project, the Ampera is not a

This is a because a hybrid, by definition, uses direct combustion engine power at some of the time, whereas an or extended-range electric vehicle, is propelled by electricity alone. The is usually charged overnight, gives enough range for an commute, but the range can be extended by up the engine which drives a generator.

Hans Demant, Opel’s MD and its engineering brain, insists the Ampera will be fun to drive. A engine can be made very by running it at a constant speed, but the drone can get annoying. So Demant has a ‘very small’ amount of to allow the engine speed the engine is in use) to be modulated to car speed and accelerator pedal so the aural sensation will be like that of a normal


The five-door hatchback’s lithium-ion pack is never allowed to run down, but you might expect to tail off as charge drops After all, if the petrol makes less than how can the Ampera maintain its potential Because we have to rethink our of how cars work. All the engine is recharge the battery, and the rate it this can be altered to ensure 111 bhp remains on tap at the front wheels. not bad at all,’ says Demant. it feels pretty good.’

GM won’t be drawn on pricing but with an expensive battery (its components made by company LG) about four or times the size of those in today’s hybrids, the Ampera be cheap to buy. The battery however, is designed to last the of the car, which will at least 10 years, and GM is likely to some form of Ampera deal.

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