Sunday, July 12, 2009

Autoblitz: Opel Ampera impresses What Car?

What Car? magazine has honoured Opel's Ampera with its Green Technology Award, praising its innovative and usable approach to green motoring, and its ability to overcome the anxiety suffered by users of conventional electric cars.Unlike a plug-in electric vehicle, Ampera's E-REV system, called Voltec, uses an on-board gasoline generator to prevent the battery from discharging completely. This means that in addition to a 60-km electric-only range, electricity from an engine-generator extends the Ampera's range to more than 500 km.With more than 70 per cent of European car journeys far less than the Ampera's electric-only range, most drivers will be able to use the four-seater with zero exhaust emissions and no gasoline consumption. At the same time, they will have the peace of mind of knowing it is capable of undertaking longer journeys without recharging.The Green Awards highlight and recognise the UK motor industry's efforts in making cars more environmentally-friendly. The awards were presented by London's mayor Boris Johnson and What Car? editor Steve Fowler at a ceremony in the UK capital.Ampera production is due to begin in 2011.Opel is represented locally by United Automobile Limited of Ta' Xbiex.source