General Motors is reportedly engaged in developing the Buick-badged version of its Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid using the Chevrolet Volt’s plug-in hybrid technology. Well, the company has not made any confirmation on the project as yet.
The Opel Ampera plug-in (pictured) was modeled after the Volt and scheduled for sale in Europe this year. It would incorporate a Buick grille and front-end styling.
The version is expected to go on sale in 2013 if it gets final approval. GM is trying to extend the car’s all-electric range, like using lighter materials, calling for a higher level of investment.
Dan Akerson, CEO, GM, has been quoted as saying that the company intends to sell a car using GM’s Voltec gasoline-electric drive system in each of the largest U.S. automaker’s four brands. He had insisted, back in January, that the GM must continue developing new technology to prepare for higher fuel prices.
GM, in fact, wants to do more with their Voltec technology , but hasn’t revealed much on the new Buick version. However, the news regarding the new vehicle is out via two people familiar with the project, they didn’t want to be named because the plans are very confidential.