After introducing Ampera-e, a European version of the affordable electric Chevrolet Bolt, it's becoming clear that Opel is about to introduce a second generation of the range extended electric car Opel Ampera to Europe as well.


Similar to the first generation, the second generation of Opel Ampera will also share its genes with its American counterpart Chevrolet Volt. In United Kingdom, it will bear the Vauxhall Ampera label, while in Australia it will be sold under the name of Holden Volt. With Volt it will most probably share the production site in Michigan, too.

Judging from the spy shots, the new generation Opel Ampera design will have more in common with the Chevrolet Volt than it had with the first generation. It would appear that the design changes are more or less limited to both bumpers.

The powertrain will most likely be the same as the one used with the Chevrolet Volt. In its centre there is a 111 kW electric motor, drawing power from the 18.4 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. When the battery is drained after approximately 85 electric kilometers, the 75 kW petrol engine kicks in and extends the range to up to 675 km.

Feb. 17, 2016 Driving photo: Automedia

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