Opel CEO Says Automaker’s Future Will Be Full Of Electric Vehicles

6 months ago by Mark Kane 6

Opel Ampera-e

Opel intends to introduce more electric cars under the PSA Group.

According to an interview with Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (who will continue on as CEO) Opel will be allowed to not only to sell the Ampera-e (beginning this May in Norway), but even follow up plug-in models.

Opel Ampera-e

The Company planned to sell more EVs alongside the Ampera-e and there is a big chance that under PSA we will see them among 7 new models (including a “flagship SUV”) planned  in biggest ever product offensive for the brand.

In the future the German brand will, step by step be switching from GM’s platforms to PSA’s platforms, saving some independence:

“Opel will continue to have its own leadership, its own design and develop its own cars…”.

source: Automotive News

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6 responses to "Opel CEO Says Automaker’s Future Will Be Full Of Electric Vehicles"

  1. Tftf says:

    Original source:

    http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/news/karl-thomas-neumann-im-interview-die-zukunft-von-opel-3229525.html

    Reassuring (some people didn’t see the Ampera-e coming to Europe with Opel moving to PSA).

    Opel hints at various EVs beyond the Ampera-e.

    1. Alan says:

      As part of the intellectual property rights, the deal included being able to produce the ampera-e.

      I would imagine that this should open the floodgates in Europe for longer range EV’s (not that it wasn’t going to happen anyway) with increased competiton.

      Can only be a good thing.

      1. All-Purpose Guru says:

        The interesting part of this is that the Ampera-e is made in the US, at a GM plant. Given how interlocked Opel and GM have been over the years I am very curious to see how all these interdependencies get unwound. (Many of GM’s platforms that cars were built on were sourced from Opel.)

        1. Alan says:

          Given that Opel have been making noises about becoming an all EV company for a little while now, I can only imagine that they are going to start to manufacture them at their various plants in Europe in the not too distant future ?

    2. Why Not? says:

      In the original article (in German) Neumann is a bit evasive when asked if he will transform Opel into an all-EV brand, however, he does confirm that they will be offering other Plug-Ins and that Opel has the right to not only sell the Ampera-e but also develop other models based on its technology. That is good news indeed.

  2. Priusmaniac says:

    I would not bet much on PSA going electric. They usually present concepts and sell nothing but a few compliance products that they don’t even produce themselves. The Ampera-e will not be different than what they did with the Mitsubishi i miev, a pretending me too product but no real commitment. PSA is in partnership with TOTAL so there is not much (nothing) good to expect.