It’s not every day that you hear of the Tesla Model S taking back seat to a Chevy Volt in any area of comparison – except price, and potential range anxiety – but in Europe this was the case for the Volt’s Opel-branded cousin.

The extended-range electric Opel Ampera was awarded the “Green Mobility Trophy 2013” by the readers of the trade magazine Auto Zeitung, and beat 17 other electrified vehicles in the process.

The overall selection of vehicles in consideration for the magazine’s awards was large, with 134 models and engines from 34 brands as candidates in seven categories.

To take the top honors in the electric vehicle category, the Opel manufactured in Detroit beat 18 competitors, including the closest two competitors, the Model S and BMW i3, which reportedly placed “well behind the Ampera.”

This acknowledgement was the result of 18,000 readers participating in the vote for the the award intended to honor models and propulsion concepts that are trendsetting in their class in terms of particularly eco-friendly use of resources.


“What customers expect from electric cars is clear: they want technology that is more environmentally friendly while offering all the benefits of conventional propulsion systems,” said Andreas Marx, director of marketing for Opel Germany. “The ‘Green Mobility Trophy’ is latest proof that we more than meet these expectations with the Ampera.”

Just like the Volt, the Ampera has accrued a fair number of awards besides this latest one, some of which include “Car of the Year 2012,” “World Green Car of the Year,” and readers’ choice awards from Auto Bild and