Ampera prototype drives to Geneva Show
01/03/10 16:37 Filed in: News
The first prototype of Vauxhall’s production Ampera has successfully completed its long-distance drive debut from Rüsselsheim to the Geneva Motor Show. At the wheel for the final leg of the 500-kilometre journey, was Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly.
The team fully charged the 16kWh lithium-ion battery at Opel/Vauxhall Opel/Vauxhall’s European headquarters, then set off using pure battery-electric power. After around 60 kilometres, near Heidelberg, the gasoline-powered generator started up to provide the Ampera’s electric motor with power. On arrival in Geneva, the battery was plugged into a conventional socket and re-charged
.The Ampera arrives at the Geneva Show
“As 80% of drivers normally travel less than 60 kilometres per day, it is the exception rather than the rule that they experience the combustion engine in operation,” said Nick Reilly at his arrival in Geneva. “Of course we want to be certain that the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera also runs smoothly during long-distance operation.”