Europe (Norway) Receives First Deliveries Of The Opel Ampera-E

APR 10 2017 BY MARK KANE 21

Although first deliveries of Opel Ampera-e in Norway are officially scheduled for May, the first units have already appeared in registration stats.

Opel Ampera-e

On April 6, the first 10 Ampera-e (lightly re-worked Chevy Bolt EVs) were noted by (via PushEVs).

Current records show all 13 units were logged in Jessheim, Norway…and even more curious – all in blue (the red one is pretty nice too by the way).

Update (April 10th):  As spotted by InsideEVs reader Alok, there have also been some 68 registrations in Germany for the Ampera-E logged so far in 2017 (via KBA data)…so it appears the EV will be reaching many countries early in Europe.

It seems that Opel is now gearing up fast for test and demo rides throughout Europe prior to the mass arrival of the 238 mile/383 km EV in a few weeks time.

source: ItAnyWhere stats for Opel Ampera-e via Push EVs

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Glad to see that Europe is getting their first Ampera-e’s!

Still waiting patiently here in Texas. I was at the dealer taking care of a recall on my Spark EV about a week ago. The dealer had 2 Bolts out front that they were storing in between auto shows in the DFW area.

One of them was a blue one very similar to the image in the article. It looked really slick! I think I’ll be going with Blue or Nightfall Gray.

As international press test drives in Oslo and around it are happening soon, you can guess why all in the same place and all in the sama colour …

There are also 68 Ampera-e registered in Germany, of which 40 in March.
KBA actually recorded them as Ampera (!)(all-electric, anyway…).

Hey Alok,

Nice catch! we looked at that report ourselves and totally missed it! Will add the info to the story (with a hat tip to yourself of course!)


Could they be plug-in hybrid Ampera’s? Chevrolet Volt is called Opel Ampera in Europe

Having that in mind, I mentioned they are registered as all electric.

The heading of the last 3 column says: “of which with (all-) electric drive”.
Ampera(-e) sales are all in those columns.
Plug-in hybrids registrations are, in this table, indicated in the previous 3 columns, together with non-plug-in hybrids.

So, no doubt they are Ampera-e.
Which is good! 🙂


Well, I wonder if it could simply be a mistake. It seems strange to me that there would be zero hybrid Amperas, I would think that if this covered both Ampera and Ampera-e that both sets of columns would have figures in them.

GM has discontinued PHEV Ampera long time ago.

The second-generation Volt never got an Opel badge. The first generation became Ampera, but did poorly in the market.

I actually saw one driving near Koblenz the 18th of March – had to look twice to make sure I was not mistaken. So I think the KBA data is correct on this.

Michelin Primacy 3 summer tires, nice!

Not your grandfather’s Bolt EV 😉

Errr… That is not an Ampera = Volt,
This is a Bolt.

Why does GM use the European Ampera name for the Bolt?

GM World wide is getting stranger by the day. PS Opel has recently been bought by Peugeot for those that don’t know.

The Volt is forgotten and burried in Europe. It would be better if they called the Ampera-E just Ampera because the “-E” is annoying.

Or why not the Opel Bolt, it would have been a perfect name.

Amperae, plural, as in more than 1 amp 😉

Dunno, a Russian-named plugin from America (Boltev) touches a bit of a sensitive spot in Europe right now 😉

“Why does GM use the European Ampera name for the Bolt?”

Personally, I can’t imagine. Marketing of the Ampera (the re-badged Volt 1.0) was a miserable failure, mainly because it was priced about twice as high as the Volt 1.0. Why would GM want to remind anyone of that by re-badging the Bolt EV as the “Ampera-e”?

It looks like GM is either suffering from an astounding lack of imagination, or else they are not actually interested in selling the Bolt in Europe. Mind you, I’m not arguing that either one of those is the actual cause; just saying it looks that way from the outside. As an EV advocate it’s tempting to suggest GM is anti-selling the Bolt EV, but I hope that’s not actually the case.

GM is not a brand that sells well in Europe. In Norway for example, where there is a lot of tax on engine size, vehicle weight and CO2 emissions – the only American brand I can say I have seen in the last 3 years (new..ish cars) is Chevy, and they are only the tiny rebadged Korean Daewoo models. Look at the 2016 top 35 selling car brands: 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. BMW 4. Volvo 5. Mercedes-Benz 6. Nissan 7. Skoda 8. Ford 9. Audi 10. Peugeot 11. Kia 12. Tesla 13. Mitsubishi 14. Renault 15. Mazda 16. Suzuki 17. Hyundai 18. Opel 19. Citroen 20. Honda 21. Subaru 22. Lexus 23. MINI 24. Porsche 25. Land Rover 26. Jaguar 27. Fiat 28. Dacia 29. Alfa Romeo 30. DS 31. Maserati 32. Ssangyong 33. Jeep 34. Nilsson 34. Smart 35. Aston Martin 35. Ferrari . . Tesla at #11, Jeep at #33.. Chevy, Buick, GMC and other GM brands are not on the list. Opel on 18th will for sure climb on the list – because there are thousands of people waiting for the Ampera-e. Why they don’t call it Bolt.. not sure. Brands tend to change model names… Read more »

I thought that Opel had been sold to PSA? So what happens to the Ampera-e now?

Part of the value of Opel is the models it has. PSA will continue selling it along with other current Opel models until they develop their own long-range EV.

Everything remains the same. Peugeot has a deal with GM.

So, that pours some cold water on the “compliance” call of the Bolt EV…

Oh, those who keep trying to paste the “compliance” label on every new EV that comes along won’t let a little thing like actual facts stop them! 🙄