This past weekend Amp Electric Vehicles opened its first "flagship" dealership in Cincinnati, Ohio.  If you are wondering why anyone would choose Cincinnati as a place to have their first flagship dealership, well its because Amp headquarters/factory is located not too far away.

Interesting to note, is that the flagship dealer is not of the stand alone variety, but is alongside Dana Hackney's Mercedes Benz and Jeep dealerships, with both brands provided the underpinnings for electrification by Amp.

"We are very excited and proud to share this important moment," said Dana Hackney, "To many people, the EVs that are on the market today are small. AMP all-electric SUVs offer a unique full-size EV experience. The wait is over. People wanting a full-size EV can now order an AMP."

On hand for the grand opening was the AMP MLe, (which is a Mercedes ML350 at heart).  Amp touts this vehicle as "the only production All-Wheel drive electric SUV available today."  Also in attendance was the  AMP GCE, (which is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee).

Both SUVs are said to be able to travel up to 125 miles on a single charge, and are eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit tax credit.  Pricing starts (for the Jeep) at around $57,500 and meanders north shortly thereafter.

While no cars are currently available for sale, if you make the trek to Cincinnati, you can reserve your own copy for $5,000 down (filly refundable), with first deliveries to take place before the end of 2012.

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