Opel Ampera-e On Chopping Block If PSA Takes Over?
It is no secret that there is a possibility that French-owned PSA group may have plans to purchase Opel Vauxhall from General Motors. Talk on the subject began in 2012, but GM’s CEO at the time, Dan Akerson, denied any activity.
GM and PSA group have been known to work together on European projects, and have been working toward increased partnerships to maximize operational efficiency and profitability. The two companies have both officially confirmed that there are now discussions regarding the potential Opel deal.
What does this mean for the Opel Ampera-e?
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has spent a great deal of time preparing a strategy to mold Opel into an electric-only automaker. Opel Vauxhall has experienced struggles lately, and according to Neumann, not having to deal with both combustion engines and electric powertrains, would be advantageous. GM is set to decide on Neumann’s proposal in May of this year.
Under the new plan, Opel would continue selling the Ampera-e, and likely other vehicles, using the GM Bolt’s architecture. All Opel combustion engine vehicles would be slowly phased out, between now and 2030. During the interim, Opel would be divided into two sectors: one finishing out the “old” vehicle lineup, and one adopting the “new” concept.
In the event that PSA Group acquires Opel, there is no guarantee that any of Neumann’s plans will come to fruition. At this point, the stage at which the negotiations are at is unclear. There is no hard evidence that the acquisition will take place, but closed-door discussions are underway. It’s our belief that if the deal does go through, the Ampera-E will die off soon after.