At the Geneva auto show in March, General Motors' Opel brand will unveil a vehicle that uses the range-extending powertrain first shown in the Chevrolet Volt.
Opel's version will be called the Ampera. Opel released a photo showing the front part of the lower-medium car, which will have four seats and five doors.
The Ampera will enter production in 2011. Opel's sister brand in the UK, Vauxhall, will get a version later, GM said.
Much of the Ampera's styling, design and battery technology has been developed at Opel's HQ at Rüsselsheim, Germany.
GM is now calling the Volt/Ampera hybrid powertrain Voltec. The powertrain combines a lithium ion battery pack, an electric motor and a small internal-combustion engine that turns a generator to provide electricity to the motor.
The Ampera will travel about 35 miles, or 60 kilometers, on battery power.
After that, the engine engages to power the vehicle. The battery pack can be recharged from standard 230-volt power outlets in Europe.
The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers, GM said.
For example, about 80 percent of German drivers travel less than 50km a day.
"With the Ampera, Opel will be the first European auto manufacturer to provide customers several hundred kilometers of non-stop electric driving," said Alain Visser, GM Europe's, chief marketing officer, in a statement.
AutoWeek's Dale Jewett contributed