Opel has announced the 2012 Ampera will be priced from €42,900 (including national VAT).

While that sounds a little high, the net price is Germany is only €36,050 (after government incentives and a 19% VAT). So bottom line, individual prices will vary.

As we have previously reported, the Ampera is the European cousin of the Chevrolet Volt. It features a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that produces 111 kW (150 hp / 152 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. Thanks to this setup, the car can travel 40-80 km (25-50 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. However, to maximize efficiency, the car should be recharged via a household outlet when not in use.

Opel is currently accepting reservations and deliveries are scheduled to occur in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Gallery: Opel Ampera priced from €42,900

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