2012 Opel Ampera
One of the most popular trends at this year’s Geneva Motor Show is fuel-efficient cars, and GM’s Opel division took the opportunity to unveil the 2012 Opel Ampera extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV). Based on the Chevrolet Volt, the biggest difference between the Ampera and its Chevy counterpart is the exterior styling which has been noticeably changed for the Opel model. Up front, blacked-out vents below the headlights give the Ampera a cheetah-like face while the lower side sills and squared-off rear fascia finish off the aggressive design changes. Aside from these relatively minor, but effective, changes, the Ampera is identical to its Volt cousin including its use of GM’s advanced Voltec drive system that features an electric drivetrain paired with a range-extending gasoline engine that delivers a zero-emission range of around 37 miles before requiring the engine to kick in. The 2012 Opel Ampera will go on sale in Europe this year, and unlike its American counterpart, it will offer the added benefit of being E85 capable.