This is one of the most exciting times in automobile history. For over a century, there’s been no real alternative to the combustion engine. Of course there were plenty of experiments with other engines, but all those projects were a long way away from a car suitable for everyday use. And while there’s always been something fascinating about the electric car – it’s quiet and clean – up to now all its advantages have been cancelled out by the limited range of its battery.
But now, with the Opel Ampera, we’ve solved exactly that problem – an electric car that keeps you mobile as soon as the battery starts to run low. This makes the Ampera the first electric car suitable for everyday use, with a range of more than 500 kilometers and space for four people and their luggage.
Opel has a long tradition of reducing the effects of automobiles on the environment – from our initiative with catalytic converters in the 1980s to our pioneering role with natural gas fuel (CNG). That’s why we will continue to optimize our diesel and gasoline engines as well as provide attractive liquefied gas (LPG) and natural gas (CNG) offers – like our ecoFLEX range. On top of this, we’re also introducing start-stop across the range. Last but not least, we’re moving forward with the development of purely-electric battery cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hybrids. These certainly are exhilarating times for automotive engineers.
But 2011 is the year of the Ampera. We realize that such an innovative vehicle takes a lot of explaining. That’s why my colleagues and I think this blog is so important. We want to introduce you to all aspects of the Ampera – its concept, technology, its suitability for everyday use, how it benefits the environment, and of course how much fun it is to drive.
So read on, and let us tell you all about it first hand. We’re happy to answer your questions, and we’re looking forward to an interesting dialogue with you. I can promise you one thing – it’ll be exciting.