Opel, one of Europe’s largest car makers, and Europcar have announced 30 Opel Ampera, the award-winning range extended electric car, are available to hire on short term rental.
To support this joint effort in the promotion of electric mobility, Opel and Europcar plan a joint communication campaign in Germany with visibility in airports, online, utilising social media, and point of sale supports in all Europcar rental stations.
“We are very happy to be able to provide our customers with the Opel Ampera and help facilitate the expansion of electric cars. Furthermore, with its unique battery pack and Range Extender, the Ampera is perfectly adapted to our short term rental market.
This partnership illustrates once again our range of vehicle help customers make better and cleaner environmental choices” said Roland Keppler, chief executive of Europcar Groupe.
The Opel Ampera with extended range requires no changes to driving habits and offers limitless mobility, even for spontaneous journeys.
Thanks to its unique 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack, Europcar customers will be able to enjoy between 40 and 80 km of pure electric drive with zero emissions.
For longer stretches, a gasoline engine powers a generator that supplies the necessary electricity.
This continuous energy supply makes distances of over 500 km possible, without stopping to charge for hours, and alleviates driver concerns of being stranded with a flat battery.
The scheme could be widened to other cities and to other countries in Europe in 2012.
Europcar is considered the World’s Leading Car Hire by the World Travel Awards.