As a sister car to the Chevy Volt, the Opel Ampera has its work cut out for it. Europe already has lots of fuel-efficient cars and many European companies are planning to roll out their own electric or hybrid vehicles soon. So GM has to drum up a lot of attention for the Ampera.
What is the best way to get attention for an upcoming car? Why, drive it across country and blog about it, of course.
The bloggers began their journey on Sunday in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and started driving towards Geneva, Switzerland, where the Geneva Auto Show opens tomorrow. It is only about a 5 hour, 560 km (350 mile) drive through a country known for housing lots of hyperexotic cars. The Ampera is exotic in a different way though, as it is essentially a Chevy Volt in different skin. If you ask me, I think the Ampera looks better than the Volt.
Alas, the blog has not been updated since Sunday night… so I really don’t know what to expect from their progress. The above video about driving in the rain was their last on-the-road update, so we at least know it made it to public roadways. How far did they make it on a single tank of gas? How has response been from the public? Are they recharging it overnight? Will they make it to the Geneva Auto Show? You can follow their progress on the Opel “Behind the Scenes” blog. Let us hope they have something to say soon.