Opel confirmed today that it will be introducing a new all-electric car in Europe in 2017.
As expected, the German brand (being part of General Motors) will use a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt EV, just like in the case of the Ampera Volt several years ago.
The real surprise is the name of the European Bolt - it will be called Opel Ampera-e.
Well, while Bolt/Volt names in the U.S. brings some heating discussions, the Ampera-e, on top of the previously withdrawn Ampera (first-gen Volt), may lead to some confusion as well. Perhaps the name is indicating that Opel will indeed also introduce a new Ampera (second-gen Volt) as earlier testing spy shots lead us to believe?
Two images attached to the press release present a car nearly identical to the Bolt EV. There is not much time, or reason, to mess with the Bolt's solid design.
Unofficial sources have pegged planned European allotment for the
Chevy Bolt EV Opel Ampera-e at about 10-15% of total production. A number which likely represents about 5,000 units in the car's first full year of availability.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra stated:
"The Ampera-e promises to transform the electric vehicle market in Europe as the first EV that combines long range at an affordable price."
While Opel' CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says that Ampera-e will open up the road to electric mobility "by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range."
Opel Announces Game-changing Ampera-e Battery Electric Car
- New Opel battery electric vehicle will break down barriers to electric mobility
- Five-door, five-seat Ampera-e will have longer range than most electric cars
- Fun to drive, outstanding connectivity and affordably priced
Rüsselsheim. Opel will launch a revolutionary new battery electric car next year, as the German brand continues the biggest, most far-reaching model offensive in its history with 29 new models between 2016 and 2020. The new five-door, five seat will be called “Ampera-e”. It will not only have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, it will also be affordably priced. Building on the electrification expertise established with the original Ampera, which set the benchmark for modern electric cars in 2011, the new Ampera-e combines innovative electric-mobility with state-of-the-art connectivity and exciting driving dynamics.
Announcing the Ampera-e today at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said: “GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”
Trends like urbanization and protecting the environment also call for new kinds of mobility and alternative propulsion systems. “Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction”, says Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”
The unique, compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor. The efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and trunk space comparable with that of a car in the compact class.
The Ampera-e will also offer the award-winning personal connectivity and service assistant, Opel OnStar and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices seamlessly into the vehicle.
Chevrolet Bolt images for comparison:
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Hat tip to Andreas!