The first pre-production Vauxhall Ampera rolled off the line at GM’s Pre-Production Operations assembly line in Warren, Michigan.
More validation Vauxhall Ampera’s will be built in the coming months and will be used by engineers in Europe and the US for testing the production-intent design. Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for Vauxhall Ampera said “We’re right on target for producing the Vauxhall Ampera for European markets later next year, there is still work to be done, but being able to drive a Vauxhall Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe.”
The Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric vehicle delivers up to 40 miles of pure electric driving before an engine-generator kicks in to sustain the battery charge and seamlessly extends the range to more than 300 miles. The battery can be charged by plugging the vehicle's on-board charge system into a standard household outlet. The Vauxhall Ampera is scheduled to be in UK showrooms by early 2012.