The European version of the Chevrolet Volt electric car has been unveiled at the Geneva International Car Show. The Vauxhall Ampera is a five-door, four-seat model that will be marketed as the Opel Ampera on the continent, and promises the sort of grunt you wouldn't expect from an electric car.
The Ampera's wheels are turned electrically at all times and speeds, yet it still offers 'lively acceleration', reaching 60mph in around 9 seconds and topping out at 100mph. With instantaneous torque of 370Nm -- and 150bhp -- the experience is described as 'like being in a sports car, but in almost complete silence'. Which sounds absolutely terrifying to us.
Where does that power come from? For the first 37 miles or so the car is powered by a 16kWh lithium-ion battery, which emits a grand total of zero CO2. None, nada, zip (apart from, you know, what the power station belched out charging it up). After that, power comes from a gas-powered generator for recharging the battery once depleted, that can extend the range to more than 300 miles.
Keep an eye on Crave for Car Tech's chief gearhead Rory Reid meeting with the Ampera in Geneva. Click through to see more of the car in all its swooshy Photoshopped glory and find out more about the green power putting the oomph into Ampera.