Vauxhall Is Working On Its Own All-Electric Car
Because both the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Opel Ampera-E derivative are only left-hand drive, the UK and Australia were simply excluded from GM’s new BEV.
That’s not good news and there were probably some GM execs that realized this would be a problem (especially since the UK is a strong European market for EVs).
According to Autocar, Vauxhall intends to solve this problem by having its own all-electric model on sale in the future.
The question still without an answer, is whether or not it will be a separate model intended just for LHD? Or a new global model inclusive of both RHD & LHD capabilities? Or even an eventual modified/adapted version of the Opel Ampera-E (despite being initially excluded)?
“GM won’t be producing a right-hand drive version of the Opel Ampera-e, but it has confirmed that a right-hand-drive electric car is under development for the future.”
Tina Muller, Opel’s marketing boss said:
“Now we realise that electro-mobility will become bigger and bigger and that’s why we need to do a second step, one that will include right-hand drive. I can’t tell you exactly when it will hit the market, but for sure it’s part of our plans.”