Vauxhall Ampera and Insignia dress-up for the Geneva Show

The Vauxhall Ampera, the British manufacturer’s key player in the electric car market. Vauxhall’s electric-beast is said to line-up next to the Insignia VXR at the Geneva Motor Show.

At the moment all the details on the Ampera are very scarce, but we do do have an Opel-badged image. The Ampera is said to be powered by General Motor’s Voltec technology. The Voltec electric propulsion system first made its debut in the Chevrolet Volt, which uses an advanced lithium-ion battery pack.

The Voltec technology will power the Ampera for 37-38 miles or 60km in the UK, while the U.S. version would get 40miles on a full charge, and then it will need to re-charged, by a regular electricity socket. The reason for the U.S model obtaining 40miles is because “the EPA and European Drive Cycle tests are not the same, which explains why the range in the U.S. is communicated as 40 miles, while in Europe it is stated as 60 km,” according to Phil Colley from General Motors.

Long distance driving is possible with the Ampera, but for long distance driving there will be a small internal combustion engine which will supply energy.

At the moment there is no news on when, or where the Ampera will be on sale, but it is only expected in 2011.

– Source: AutoExpress – — Thanks for the update Phil!

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