The first pre-production Opel Ampera has rolled off the assembly line in Warren, Michigan. Full details inside

The first pre-production Opel Ampera has rolled off the assembly line in Warren, Michigan.

Created for testing and validation, the prototype will be driven by engineers in Europe and the United States. It is just one of several pre-production models to be built.

According to Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Ampera, "We're right on target for producing the Ampera for European markets later next year. There's still work to be done, but being able to drive an Opel Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe."

As you may recall, the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera is a rebadged Chevrolet Volt. It features an electric motor with 111 kW (150 hp / 152 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Power is provided by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery which allows the Ampera to travel up to 60 km (37 miles) on electricity alone. When the battery is depleted, a 1.4-liter petrol engine recharges it while simultaneously providing power to the electric motor.

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