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Most everyone has that adventurous friend or family member who decides to just pick up and move to Europe. The Opel Ampera is the Chevy Volt's European counterpart and near-identical twin. To the untrained eye, these extended-range EVs look pretty much the same, but a closer examination of exterior styling and differing drive modes reveals some key differences for the European market.
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jselwhpl

"that mode" If the generater is supplying power ie: you ran out of battery now generater starts to "drive motor" . Drive motor being electric drive motor , not engine. The generater on a volt does turn off, " AUTO STOP". that feature is here in usa. I can sit in traffic and burn no gasoline. 1200 miles haven't purchased fuel yet, still have gas in tank from original purchase, getting over 50 miles on full charge. How much are you paying for fuel? If this battery holds out , I'll come out ahead !

August 28 2012 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james14za

I think gas price is the real difference as to why EVs are not popular in the US. We in the states cry like spoiled children for paying $4 a gallon. In Europe they are paying $7 to $8 or higher per gallon. There is an incentive in Europe to purchase an EV, where in the US it is not quite there.

August 28 2012 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ncrwaks

Use fossil fuels. Burn Middle Eastern oil until it is gone. Used motor oil is good for your lawn.

August 28 2012 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luis Manuel Rojas

Me parece fenomenal que empiecen a ver automóviles eléctricos, este por ejemplo es el gemelo del Chevy Volt en América, sin duda alguna lo compraría!!!

March 30 2012 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Al Eng

He keeps complaining about Why can't we have it here as if there is a law preventing Americans. His problem is he does not understand that there is NO DEMAND!!! Wake Wake!!!

March 29 2012 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mama5844

Ah hell. I thought it was going to be an article about single payer national health care.....

March 29 2012 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crabbo71

THE ONLY WAY AN EXTENDED RUN EV IS REALLY EFFICIENT IS IF IT HAS A DIESEL ENGINE...I WOULD NEVER BUY A EV THAT DID NOT HAVE ONE.. AND MOST EV REALLY DO NOT SURPAS A DIESEL POWERED CAR ANYWAY,,,SO WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT A GASOLINE EV CAR/HATCH.???

March 28 2012 at 11:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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bzh484

I have a diesel operated car. Never again.
Yes good mileage but the premium one pays for diesel vs regular is close to 40 cents and have paid 50 cents more per gallon.
The mileage in the city is better but no where near to offset the price.

August 28 2012 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jakesjag

We had a Honda Jet while we lived in UK. We looked at the Honda Fit - the exact same car here. What I don't understand why the Jet gets much better gas mileage. Everything is the same just a differrent country. Same with the BMW my husband drove. The model here does not get anywhere close to the same car in the UK.

March 28 2012 at 9:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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crabbo71

FIRST OF ALL JAKE THE IMPERIAL GALLON IS BIGGER THAN A GALLON OF AMERICAN GAS,,THINK 39 OZ X 4 = IMPERIAL GALLON,,,NOW THINK 32 OZX4= AMERICAN GALLON...AND THE OCTANE RATING OF EUROPEAN GASOLINE IS ABOUT AS HIGH AS OUR PREMIUM GASOLINE...I KNOW OUR GASOLINE IS CHEAPER BUT OUR OCTANE IS LESS ALSO...ANOTHER FACT;;;MOST EUROPEAN CARS HAVE 11 TO 1 COMPRESSION FOR THEIR REGULAR CARS,,AND ABOUT 12 TO 12.5 TO 1 COMPRESSION FOR THEIR HIGHER END CARS,,,YOU WILL FIND THAT IF YOU HAVE AN IMPORTED GASOLINE CAR YOU NEED TO RUN PREMIUM IN IT......

March 28 2012 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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james14za

hi crabbo

i know your post is months old but they recycled the story today and i thought you might be interested to know that the gallon measurement, whether imperial or american means nothing to those in the uk or to europeans. gasoline is sold by the litre everywhere but here in the us. the difference in mileage is probably attributed to at least two factors. 1. smaller engine size (yes, they have way more engine options due to their fuel prices). 2 increased weight due to american safety standards.

August 28 2012 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
hillchas

American cars have Emissions controls that destroy fuel economy, That equipment not mandated in Europe

August 28 2012 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thefacts22

Cars in Europe "have"to be small,in most old cities you can not drive a big sedan.I live there part of the year,what i miss the most is the food,as well as the low crime.You can walk safely at night in THE STREETS!

March 28 2012 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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crabbo71

DUDE!!YOU CAN WALK THE STREETS HERE AT NIGHT IF YOU ARE WELL ARMED,,,AND IN AMERICA YOU CAN BE !!!!

March 28 2012 at 11:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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cmcclarty

Hell Yeah!

March 29 2012 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
digitalmag

Surprise! That car is made in the USA. On the same line as the Chevy Volt. I saw a news report on the Volt and I wondered what that very different looking car on the assembly line was. Now I know.

By the way, we also export BMWs and Mercedes Benz to Europe and the world and at one time Honda Accord wagons where exported to Japan from Ohio.

You don't hear too much about on the news, but American workers are as good and as productive as any in the world.

March 28 2012 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dnsh

Would those be the same workers undercover cameras caught drinking and using drugs on their lunch hour?

March 29 2012 at 4:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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