Opel has rolled out the first pre-production Ampera hybrid at General Motors’ Warren plant in Michigan on April 23rd. The pre-production Ampera will not be sold but it will be used for further testing before the final production version is revealed sometime next year. General Motors also said that it will produce more pre-production Amperas.

The Ampera is heavily based on the Chevrolet Volt which means it utilizes an electric motor which draws out energy from batteries. The system also has a small displacement internal combustion engine that is used as an energy generator to help recharge the batteries when required. There is also a plug-in recharging system as well as brake energy regeneration.

It can deliver 60 kilometers of range with electric power alone and with the range extender total range is figured at about 500 kilometers. Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for the vehicle said, “We’re right on target for producing the Ampera for European markets later next year. There’s still work to be done, but being able to drive an Opel Ampera off our pre-production line is a great accomplishment for the teams here and in Europe.”

Continue reading to view 3 high-res images of the pre-production Ampera.

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