GM declares Ampera e-car 'production ready'

But still not out until 2012

GM Ampera

General Motors will show off what it calls the "production ready" Vauxhall Ampera at the Geneva Motor Show this week - even though the e-car won't actually go on sale here for another ten months.

GM will price the Ampera at a whopping £33,995, though Brits will get £5000 of that paid by the government. And buyers won't have to pay any road tax, either.

GM Ampera

Still, that's a lot to lay down for a car that emits no carbon dioxide while it's running on battery power, though it does burn petrol if you drive so far that the range-extending generator kicks in.

That takes the between fuel stops distance to "over 350 miles", GM claimed.

The Ampera delivers 148 horsepower and 370Nm of torque. It can do 0-60mph in nine seconds and can attain a top speed of 100mph.

Reg Hardware will be reviewing the Ampera in due course. For now, here are our thoughts based on a preview drive. ®




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