20 May '11, 12pm

Bibendum 2011: Opel Ampera not only looks better than the Chevy Volt, it can do more, too

Bibendum 2011: Opel Ampera not only looks better than the Chevy Volt, it can do more, too

One of the joys of this year's Michelin Challenge Bibendum is getting to drive a lot of Europe-only vehicles. In GM 's case, that means the Mervia all-electric hatch and the Opel Ampera , more commonly known stateside as the Chevy Volt 's better-looking twin. Opel also had two Amperas at Bibendum, one in the ride and drive (short review: it's a Volt) and one rolling chassis on the stand. The Ampera on the road is a pre-production model that is basically just one step before production. Opel will begin delivering the Ampera at the end of this year. As the "Volt for Europe," what did GM do to make it more continental? The biggest change that GM made - aside from improving the looks with the new, kick butt fascia, is something called "battery hold." When you engage battery hold, you're telling the drivetrain to keep the battery at its current state of charge. Then when you ge...

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