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by George Skentzos

While Holden has confirmed it will adapt the US Chevrolet Volt for the local market in 2012, GM has released the first official image of the arguably more attractive Opel Ampera ahead of its global debut.

Essentially sharing the same underpinnings as the Volt, the Ampera has been redesigned to better suit the European market and the results are certainly striking to say the least.

The Ampera is an extended-range electric vehicle where the on-board petrol engine is only ever used to charge the battery rather than drive the wheels.

The result is potentially up to 60km of emissions-free driving between charges on battery power alone, or up to 500km using electricity from the on-board engine-generator.

This makes the five-door, four-seat Ampera a highly sustainable choice for European motorists whose driving habits perfectly suit the range of the vehicle.

Let us know which GM electric vehicle you prefer – the Volt or Ampera – by voting in the poll on the right.




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