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by Tim Beissmann

Opel has released images of a new Chevrolet Volt-based Opel Ampera dressed up as a police car, as the German General Motors division aims to make the plug-in hybrid popular among the country’s law enforcement authorities.

Opel says the all-new Ampera has the potential to be a brilliant undercover vehicle, thanks to its stealthy, silent electric operating mode.

Neighbourhood watch and simple patrol tasks would present no serious challenge, with the Ampera capable of travelling between 40km and 80km in all-electric mode.

High-speed chases would be a task best left to other vehicles, however, as the Ampera has a top speed of just 160km/h and accelerates from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds.

The Ampera Police Car was designed as a visual stimulus to generate interest in the vehicle among German authorities. It features no other modifications other than the exterior paint job and roof-mounted lights.

Powered by a 16kWh lithium-ion battery and supported by a range-extending 1.4-litre petrol engine, the Ampera’s electric motor produces 111kW of power and 370Nm of torque.

With a four-hour 230V charge and a full tank a fuel, it is capable of travelling 500km, which should be enough to track down the bad guys.

After government tax credits, the Ampera costs 36,050 euros ($48,700) in Germany and is available now ahead of delivery at the end of the year.




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