With just over 4000 Chevrolet Volts sold in the United States the Michigan made electric cars are started to be exported to other markets. The European market will have the choice of the Volt or the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera. The Opel Ampera is the European version of the Volt. The main differences between the Volt and the Ampera are in the styling. The Ampera will have one additional drive mode than the Volt, City Mode. The “City Mode” adapts battery management to the needs of commuter travelers which engages the range-extender engine (or “gas generator”) immediately. The Amperas will be branded as a Vauxhall in the UK.Australia, Brazil, and Japan will have limited numbers of Amperas/Volts imported.
For our knowledge the hazards in the Volt and Amperas are the same in all the models. The basic vehicle platform is the same regardless of the country. However, just remember, the Volt is just a car. If you know how to disable the HV battery than it’s just a car with a huge battery in it! The information below was taken from the Chevrolet Rescue Data Sheet for the European Union markets.