The car has just received its first charge at the newly installed recharging station at Opel’s headquarters and will travel the first stage of the 600 kilometers in pure electric mode. It will be driven by Opel/Vauxhall Director of Electric Vehicle Implementation, Gherardo Corsini.
“I am really looking forward to putting a lot of “miles” on our first Ampera prototype during this maiden test on public roads,” said Corsini. “With 370 Nm of instantaneous, electric torque under my right foot, it promises to be an interesting and almost silent drive to Geneva."
The Ampera is projected to enter production at the end of 2011 and will be sold as both Opel and Vauxhall.
Besides the Ampera, Opel will also showcase the Flextreme GT/E Concept that employs the same E-REV drive system used on the Ampera. Coupled with the concept's size, the drive system allows the Flextreme GT/E to reach 200 km/h. The same 60 km electric range as on the Ampera is available for the concept as well, with the overall range of the vehicle reaching 500 km.
autoevolution will be attending the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.