Opel Ampera is Europe’s Best Selling Electric Vehicle

5 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 7

Opel Ampera Is A Sales Titan In The Netherlands (77% of all windmill owners have one)

Rüsselsheim:  In figures released today, the extended range Opel Ampera (mechanical twin of the Chevrolet Volt) was Europe’s best selling passenger electric vehicle for the month of May.  The 35 mile extended range car accounted for 1 in every 5 electric cars sold (20%) in the region.

“We are proud that we are the number one in Europe. Our sales data and customer feedback confirms that we are definitely on the right track with the Ampera”, says Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director. “Especially in markets with governmental incentives like the Netherlands we have performed very well.”

We Get It GM, the Ampera Loves Windmills

Speaking of the Netherland’s specifically, Opel notes that the car achieved a whopping  77 percent of the passenger EV market share for May, making it “the undisputed leader of its segment by a wide margin with all the other competitors only managing single figure percentages.” 

It should be mentioned that the car has just been released in that country and there was a fair backlog of pent-up orders skewing the numbers slightly.  Still the numbers for the year so date are still impressive, as the Opel Ampera has accounted for slightly over half of all passenger EV sales in the country.

Other notable countries where the Opel has more than a slight foothold in market share are Germany (33%+) and Switzerland (44%).

The Ampera has won more than 50 national and international prizes including the “Car of the Year 2012” award and the “World Green Car of the Year 2011”. There have also been accolades for safety like the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP award.

Vehicle specifics as promoted by Opel’s website:

A 16 kWh lithium ion battery powers the 111kW/150 hp electric motor of the Ampera. Depending on the style of driving and road conditions, distances of between 40 and 80 kilometers can be covered in the purely battery-operated mode, free of emissions. In extended-range mode, which activates whenever the battery has reached its minimum state of charge, power is seamlessly inverted to the electric drive unit from a generator driven by a 1.4-liter, 63 kW/86 hp gasoline engine. Extended-range mode enables a total driving range of more than 500 kilometers without refueling.

You Can Tell The Car Has Green Cred Because It Is Driving Near A Windmill. Naturally

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7 responses to "Opel Ampera is Europe’s Best Selling Electric Vehicle"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    “The 35 mile extended range car accounted for 1 in every 5 cars sold (20%) in the region.”

    This is one in every five EV cars sold, right? Or could it really be one in every five cars, regardless of EV or ICE? I have no insight into how many cars are sold there compared to the US, though if they buy the same amount per capita, it must be the former statement that is true.

    1. staff says:

      Wouldn’t that be nice? It is one in every five electric cars.

      All the windmills must have distracted us.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        Haha, those windmills are so majestic! They’ll distract anyone, even those pesky birds and bats. 😉

  2. Jim says:

    I wonder where these Opels are made. Are the parts made here in the U.S.?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Amperas are made on the same line as the Volt in Hamtramck, MI

  3. Paul says:

    I’m sorry but they are not “windmills”, they are not grinding wheat. They are wind-powered generators. No offense to anyone, just one of my pet peeves. Great to learn of Volt going international.

    1. JDR says:

      Make sure you get your facts right if you’re going to be pedantic.
      Windmills are also used to power things like hammers, saws and water pumps.