UK Won’t Get Ampera-E, As Bolt Platform Built For “LHD Markets” Only
The 2017 Opel Ampera-E will be sold in most of Europe, but the electric car won’t be offered in the UK.
That’s because General Motors apparently has no plans to do a right-hand-drive version of the Ampera-E (as we predicted here over year ago), which means that its British marque, Vauxhall, won’t have a version to sell in the UK.
This also obviously means there will be no Holden Ampera-e/Bolt in Australia and residents of Japan won’t be seeing GM’s recently rated 238 mile/383 km all-electric car either.
Vauxhall doesn’t seem pleased by this decision and say that it’s in discussion with General Motors to develop more universal electric car platform for the next-generation model. At the same time, Vauxahll has confirmed that a right-hand-drive version of the current Ampera-E will not be produced.
“The zero-emission MPV is being launched in left-hand-drive European markets as an Opel.”
“The new model, which is due to be launched in European markets next year, won’t make it to Britain despite the growing popularity of EVs here because of its all-new underpinnings.”
“The structure has been developed for left-hand-drive markets only, and to adapt it to a right-hand-drive version would incur significant costs.”
Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director, stated:
“Vauxhall is committed to having a future EV presence in its range. The technology that underpins the new Ampera-e is of great interest to us, and we will be evaluating left-hand-drive cars from next spring and demonstrating them to clients.”
“The fact that the Ampera-e is not an eco-luxury or second car for customers broadens its appeal greatly, but it’s obviously vital that the car we sell in our market is right-hand-drive, and that won’t be available in the current generation.”