Europe (Norway) Receives First Deliveries Of The Opel Ampera-E

2 months ago by Mark Kane 21

Opel Ampera-e

Although first deliveries of Opel Ampera-e in Norway are officially scheduled for May, the first units have already appeared in registration stats.

Opel Ampera-e

On April 6, the first 10 Ampera-e (lightly re-worked Chevy Bolt EVs) were noted by ItAnywhere.no (via PushEVs).

Current records show all 13 units were logged in Jessheim, Norway…and even more curious – all in blue (the red one is pretty nice too by the way).

Update (April 10th):  As spotted by InsideEVs reader Alok, there have also been some 68 registrations in Germany for the Ampera-E logged so far in 2017 (via KBA data)…so it appears the EV will be reaching many countries early in Europe.

It seems that Opel is now gearing up fast for test and demo rides throughout Europe prior to the mass arrival of the 238 mile/383 km EV in a few weeks time.

source: ItAnyWhere stats for Opel Ampera-e via Push EVs

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21 responses to "Europe (Norway) Receives First Deliveries Of The Opel Ampera-E"

  1. WadeTyhon says:

    Glad to see that Europe is getting their first Ampera-e’s!

    Still waiting patiently here in Texas. I was at the dealer taking care of a recall on my Spark EV about a week ago. The dealer had 2 Bolts out front that they were storing in between auto shows in the DFW area.

    One of them was a blue one very similar to the image in the article. It looked really slick! I think I’ll be going with Blue or Nightfall Gray.

  2. JR says:

    As international press test drives in Oslo and around it are happening soon, you can guess why all in the same place and all in the sama colour …

  3. Alok says:

    There are also 68 Ampera-e registered in Germany, of which 40 in March.
    KBA actually recorded them as Ampera (!)(all-electric, anyway…).

    http://www.kba.de/SharedDocs/Publikationen/DE/Statistik/Fahrzeuge/FZ/2017_monatlich/FZ10/fz10_2017_03_pdf.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey Alok,

      Nice catch! we looked at that report ourselves and totally missed it! Will add the info to the story (with a hat tip to yourself of course!)

      Thanks!

    2. Reijer says:

      Could they be plug-in hybrid Ampera’s? Chevrolet Volt is called Opel Ampera in Europe

      1. Alok says:

        Having that in mind, I mentioned they are registered as all electric.

        The heading of the last 3 column says: “of which with (all-) electric drive”.
        Ampera(-e) sales are all in those columns.
        Plug-in hybrids registrations are, in this table, indicated in the previous 3 columns, together with non-plug-in hybrids.

        So, no doubt they are Ampera-e.
        Which is good! 🙂

        Ciao
        Alok

      2. Roy_H says:

        Well, I wonder if it could simply be a mistake. It seems strange to me that there would be zero hybrid Amperas, I would think that if this covered both Ampera and Ampera-e that both sets of columns would have figures in them.

        1. Bone says:

          GM has discontinued PHEV Ampera long time ago.

        2. Terawatt says:

          The second-generation Volt never got an Opel badge. The first generation became Ampera, but did poorly in the market.

        3. AIP says:

          I actually saw one driving near Koblenz the 18th of March – had to look twice to make sure I was not mistaken. So I think the KBA data is correct on this.

  4. vdiv says:

    Michelin Primacy 3 summer tires, nice!

    Not your grandfather’s Bolt EV 😉

  5. Martin T. says:

    Errr… That is not an Ampera = Volt,
    This is a Bolt.

    Why does GM use the European Ampera name for the Bolt?

    GM World wide is getting stranger by the day. PS Opel has recently been bought by Peugeot for those that don’t know.

    1. Mikael says:

      The Volt is forgotten and burried in Europe. It would be better if they called the Ampera-E just Ampera because the “-E” is annoying.

      Or why not the Opel Bolt, it would have been a perfect name.

      1. vdiv says:

        Amperae, plural, as in more than 1 amp 😉

        Dunno, a Russian-named plugin from America (Boltev) touches a bit of a sensitive spot in Europe right now 😉

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “Why does GM use the European Ampera name for the Bolt?”

      Personally, I can’t imagine. Marketing of the Ampera (the re-badged Volt 1.0) was a miserable failure, mainly because it was priced about twice as high as the Volt 1.0. Why would GM want to remind anyone of that by re-badging the Bolt EV as the “Ampera-e”?

      It looks like GM is either suffering from an astounding lack of imagination, or else they are not actually interested in selling the Bolt in Europe. Mind you, I’m not arguing that either one of those is the actual cause; just saying it looks that way from the outside. As an EV advocate it’s tempting to suggest GM is anti-selling the Bolt EV, but I hope that’s not actually the case.

    3. John Doe says:

      GM is not a brand that sells well in Europe.
      In Norway for example, where there is a lot of tax on engine size, vehicle weight and CO2 emissions – the only American brand I can say I have seen in the last 3 years (new..ish cars) is Chevy, and they are only the tiny rebadged Korean Daewoo models.

      Look at the 2016 top 35 selling car brands:

      1. Volkswagen
      2. Toyota
      3. BMW
      4. Volvo
      5. Mercedes-Benz
      6. Nissan
      7. Skoda
      8. Ford
      9. Audi
      10. Peugeot
      11. Kia
      12. Tesla
      13. Mitsubishi
      14. Renault
      15. Mazda
      16. Suzuki
      17. Hyundai
      18. Opel
      19. Citroen
      20. Honda
      21. Subaru
      22. Lexus
      23. MINI
      24. Porsche
      25. Land Rover
      26. Jaguar
      27. Fiat
      28. Dacia
      29. Alfa Romeo
      30. DS
      31. Maserati
      32. Ssangyong
      33. Jeep
      34. Nilsson
      34. Smart
      35. Aston Martin
      35. Ferrari

      . . Tesla at #11, Jeep at #33.. Chevy, Buick, GMC and other GM brands are not on the list.
      Opel on 18th will for sure climb on the list – because there are thousands of people waiting for the Ampera-e.

      Why they don’t call it Bolt.. not sure.
      Brands tend to change model names depending on where they are sold.
      Some words have different meaning in different languages.
      I remember Honda, with a car called FITTA. That means the cunt, in Norwegian. So it was changed to Honda Jazz.
      When I was in Puerto Rico, Toyota sold a car called Fiera, and if I recall correctly it means an old, ugly woman or somthing similar.
      Chevy Nova.. Nova have a different meaning there as well.
      You will find it hard to sell a Nissan Stanza in Norway. It is pronounced the same way as a word meaning stopped.
      Try to sell Ford Pinto in Brazil.. Pinto is slang for small penis…

      Bolt could of course be called Bolt in Norway. It means a bolt.. the type with screw threads for a nut.

      Back to American cars in Norway, I will bet that most of them are older then 1976, and 9 out of 10 has a V8. Trans Ams, Corvettes, Chargers and so on.

      When it comes to new cars, no matter which brand it is – at best 1 in every 1000 cars sold will have a V8.

      Electric car sales rose by 41%, the last year. Still there are over 10 times as many diesel cars, as electric.
      It will just take a few years, and most ICE cars will be replaced by an electric or a hybrid.

  6. Jeroen says:

    I thought that Opel had been sold to PSA? So what happens to the Ampera-e now?

    1. vdiv says:

      Part of the value of Opel is the models it has. PSA will continue selling it along with other current Opel models until they develop their own long-range EV.

    2. randomhuman says:

      Everything remains the same. Peugeot has a deal with GM.

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    So, that pours some cold water on the “compliance” call of the Bolt EV…

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Oh, those who keep trying to paste the “compliance” label on every new EV that comes along won’t let a little thing like actual facts stop them! 🙄

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