In a surprise move, Chevrolet has announced plans to sell the Volt in Europe where it will compete with the Opel / Vauxhall Ampera.
Set to arrive at dealerships in November, the Volt is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which features an electric motor that produces 111 kW (150 hp / 152 PS) and 368 Nm (271 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in nine seconds, before hitting a top speed of 161 km/h (99 mph). When the battery is sufficiently drained, a 1.4-liter petrol engine acts as a generator which allows the Volt to have an overall range of approximately 600 km (373 miles). More importantly, the car can travel between 40 and 80 km (25 to 50 miles) on electrically alone.
In Germany, the Volt will be priced from €41,950 (including VAT) which is €950 less than the Ampera. Will the savings be enough to tempt eco-friendly buyers? Only time will tell.