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Opel Ampera to Make Irish Debut at the Energy Show By Brian Foley

The Opel Ampera, the revolutionary electric vehicle, will make its Irish debut at the Energy Show in the RDS Ballsbridge on Wednesday 28th and 29th March 2012. The Opel Ampera has won the ultimate accolade of “Car of the Year” 2012, its big plus being the elimation of 'range anxiety' which is a major problem with other EVs.

“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 1.4 litre petrol engine that supplies boosts the electricity charge 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 in 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/energyshow and for information about the Opel Ampera visit; www.opel-ampera.com