The European equivalent of the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera and it’s already been prepared for a better market adoption.
To do so, Opel turned to the German police force. They gave the Deutsch rozzers a special package for the Ampera as this way their cars get spotted around town more often and thus become easier to consider for a new car.
You see, wheras the American market isn’t a stranger to fuel economy using
hybrids range extended electric vehicles, the Europeans are more accustomed to diesel power.
Now, in turning away from a torque monster with sometimes better mileage than a hybrid to a EV that’s a bit asthmatic things become difficult.
This is the biggest hurdle Opel faces in selling the Ampera on the old continent and this is also what’s making the Germans turn to such marketing schemes.
The Chevrolet Volt’s European version would eventually get to terms with light police work and recharging it wouldn’t be a problem.
When it would come to an actual chase it may not be the greatest thing to go after the bad guy with. This is because the Opel Ampera takes 9 seconds to get to 60 and is then electronically limited to 100 mph.
That’s pretty respectable for a cheap mini but when compared to the high performance monsters that roam the German Autobahn the Opel Ampera doesn’t really stack up.