It seems the folks from Opel have completed their drive from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to Geneva, Switzerland — impressive, considering they did the trip in an Ampera (i.e. Chevrolet Volt) prototype.
This marks the Ampera’s first long-distance drive in real-world conditions. While Gherardo Corsini, Opel’s director of electric vehicle implementation, started the journey back in Germany, he let Nick Reilly, Opel’s interim chief executive, behind the wheel for the last leg of the trip.
The Ampera (which is essentially a Volt with different badging and a different fascia treatment) debuted last year at the 2009 Geneva motor show. It uses the same Voltec powertrain system, allowing it to function as an extended-range electric vehicle that can travel roughly 40 miles on electricity alone. Opel says the battery pack will provide more than enough power for most European drivers to make their daily commutes without using the gasoline engine.
Although we’re not expecting any further announcements regarding the Ampera at this year’s Geneva show, Opel is showcasing a concept car — the Flexstreme GT/E — that uses a similar EREV driveline.
Source: General Motors