Opel Ampera to Make Irish Debut at the Energy Show

The Opel Ampera, the revolutionary new type of electric vehicle, is set to make its Irish debut this month at the Energy Show on Wednesday 28th and 29th March 2012. Marking not only a new chapter in the technological history of automobiles but a new era in terms of global mobility, the Opel Ampera promises not to disappoint visitors of the show.

Earlier this month the Opel Ampera was bestowed with the ultimate accolade of “Car of the Year” by a jury of 59 leading journalists from across Europe. Beating off stiff competition the Ampera won convincingly mainly because it’s the first electric vehicle that removes all range anxiety issues. Recently, the car was also awarded the maximum of five Euro-NCAP stars for safety.

“The Opel Ampera is the right car for the right time, representing a new opportunity for Irish motorists to embrace electric driving in a realistic way. It’s the kind of game-changing technology the automotive industry needs in this era of energy and environmental challenges.” said Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Opel Ireland.

The Opel Ampera works by using a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that feeds an advanced, 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40 and 80 km of pure electric driving with zero emissions. The vehicle has enough power to cover most drivers’ daily commuteand for longer journey’s arange extender which kicks in when the battery is low. The range extender is a gasoline powered generator that supplies electricity to the car for a further 500km. The Ampera’s battery can be recharged in up to four hours at home or anywhere through a 230v conventional outlet.

Located at Dublin’s RDS Main Hall, the Energy Show is an exhibition showcasing leading suppliers of sustainable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe. The Opel Ampera is expected to go on sale in Ireland this September. For more information about the show visit; www.seai.ie/energyshowor information about the Opel Ampera visit; www.opel-ampera.com