Chevrolet Bolt Concept Debut At 2015 NAIAS(InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chevrolet Bolt Concept Debut At 2015 NAIAS(InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Opel (a subsidiary of General Motors) disappeared from the EV radar after Ampera's (Chevrolet Volt clone) extinction in Europe.

However, the German-based carmaker needs some plug-in model in the lineup to stay in competition with other brands and to comply with emission standards.

Here is where the Chevrolet Bolt comes into the game. It's expected that in 2017 Opel will begin sales of the Bolt in Europe (production will stay in the U.S., as in the previous case of Ampera) as GM themselves stated last year they would have a city EV available in 2017, the only option available to them today much close to that date - is a rebadged Chevy Bolt.

The name of the European Bolt could be Opel Trixx (concept model from 2004), according to some speculation.

We should note that GM sources have confirmed that the Eurozone Bolts will have no RHD drive option, so that will leave out part of the Union to get cars.  Early estimates peg European allocation at no more than 10-15% of the 25,000-30,000 plant capacity.

An excellent photoshop image of a possible Opel Bolt (above), using concept version as base, was provided by the Remco Meulendijk (at RM.Design).

Earlier we saw spy shoots of the Chevrolet Bolt prior to its full unveiling scheduled for January.

Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera comparison:

Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

Little Known Fact: All Opel Ampera Ads In Europe Were Legally Required* To Have Windmills Somewhere In The Ad Copy <em>(*-not at all true)</em>

Little Known Fact: All Opel Ampera Ads In Europe Were Legally Required* To Have Windmills Somewhere In The Ad Copy (*-not at all true)