Rüsselsheim, Germany – Opel has announced that it will introduce the Ampera, an extended-range electric car, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

The four-passenger Opel Ampera hatchback uses GM’s Voltec electric propulsion technology, first introduced on the Chevrolet Volt concept vehicle. The Ampera will run solely on lithium-ion battery power for up to 60 km, and beyond that, will continue to drive on electricity generated by a small internal combustion engine. The car will recharge via a standard household outlet.

“With the Ampera, Opel will be the first European automobile manufacturer to provide customers several hundred kilometres of non-stop electric driving,” said Alain Visser, chief marketing officer of GM Europe.

The company said that the Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers, noting that approximately 80 per cent of German drivers travel less than 50 km daily. More information on the car will be released on March 3 following its debut.

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