The Ampera-e promises an improved range, space for five and a price that makes a zero-emissions vehicle accessible for more people when it goes on sale in 2017.

Speaking at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany on Thursday, Opel parent company GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said: "GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel's reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible."

Although neither GM nor Opel have confirmed the car's performance statistics, it is widely believed that the Ampera-e will share much of the technology found in the recently launched Chevrolet Bolt. It is capable of traveling 200 miles (320km) on a single charge.

Opel chief Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said: "The new Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range."