Rumors are starting to flow that suggest General Motors "may sell a version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall model." That's according to Automotive News Europe (ANE) who sites undisclosed company sources.
ANE claims that General Motors would only expect to sell a small number of these Opel/Vauxhall-badged Bolts in Europe if it gets the green light. Of course, as we know, BEV sales are booming right now in Europe, so setting a low sales target is senseless.
Automotive News Europe adds:
"Company insiders said GM is far more likely to launch an Opel/Vauxhall Bolt in Europe than an EV version of its new entry-level Karl minicar. The German magazine Autobild said that a Karl EV will go on sale at the end of 2018 but Opel sources refuted the magazine’s report, saying a Karl EV would be priced too high for minicar buyers."
So, out with the electric Karl, in with the Opel/Vauxhall Bolt? There's no doubt the Bolt is the superior electric car, but Opel/Vauxhall plug-ins haven't fared well in Europe, so perhaps the immediate decision will be to eliminate electric cars from the Opel-Vauxhall lineup to now.
However, Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann does believe that selling electric cars are in the automaker's best interest:
“We know we need the technology. If no one buys diesel in the future, we need more electric cars."
Comment made in regards to tightening emissions in Europe. Neumann was then asked if it's possible Opel/Vauxhall would sell another rebadged electric car after Ampera production halts this summer. His response:
“I don’t know, it’s a very expensive exercise and there is no market for it. There are some early adopter customers who love it and may pay for it, but it’s very difficult to get any scale, any volume on this. We don’t just want to badge something, we want to make it an Opel.”
Video of the all-new Opel Karl and sibling Vauxhall Viva below:
Source: Automotive News Europe