Despite Thousands Of Orders, Opel Ampera-E Deliveries In 2017 Will Likely Be Limited In Norway

6 months ago by Mark Kane 8

Opel Ampera-e

The Opel Ampera-e is one of the most awaited electric cars in Europe for 2017, and it seems that the majority of customers that placed orders will need to wait longer than originally anticipated.

Opel Ampera-e

Norwegian forum elbilforum.no unleashed a rough discussion on the topic, and as it turns out,there could be a very limited amount of deliveries this year.

We’ve now heard rumors that only few hundred Ampera-es will be delivered this year, and the balance of current reservations (several thousand) will need to wait into 2018.

It’s not clear why Norway (and in general Europe) would need to wait so long, as there is no such constraint on orders in the US for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Whether it’s related to the acquisition of Opel by PSA Group, or just the fact that GM has pre-set in stone a number of production vehicles to be built in 2017, we aren’t sure.  We imagine Tesla CEO Elon Musk would believe it has more to do with CARB compliance than anything else.

Deliveries are confirmed to begin later this month, or early June, but the volume of deliveries through the 2017 are of concern.

Stein Pettersen, Opel Norway’s PR guy, left this statement on the forum:

Hi!

Knowing that there are many rumors about the delivery of Ampera-e – both at elbilforum.no and in the various Ampera-e-groups on Facebook.

As often as otherwise fast speculation becomes truths – so it is okay with a little clarification.

As we have communicated all the time: The production of Ampera-e is allocated month by month – therefore, information about the delivery of the individual customer’s car must be updated based on this.

Great demand has already led to a long delivery time, and unfortunately it can also cause customers to experience delivery beyond what has been planned. Unfortunately, we still can not provide exact delivery date for cars scheduled to be delivered in 2018, as soon as it is ready, of course, the dealer will inform customer.

In spite of what is claimed, there are many cars on their way to Norway right now, and we are still following the plan to begin delivery of the first customer cars in late May and early June.

All customers who have not already confirmed a delivery date will receive information from their dealer Friday this week.

Stein Pettersen
PR Manager
Opel Norway

source: elbilforum.no via electrek.co

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8 responses to "Despite Thousands Of Orders, Opel Ampera-E Deliveries In 2017 Will Likely Be Limited In Norway"

  1. Michael Will says:

    Maybe they should adjust their pricing up so that demand and supply match at a better profit point so they actually have an incentive to make and deliver all they can. They can’t stall the electric revolution anyways, most who are still waiting in a year will get a tesla model 3 instead.

  2. unlucky says:

    I think having sold Opel complicates matters further for GM.

  3. JimGord says:

    Work is that Bolt sold out in Canada with no more available in 2017. Something does not fit. Could it be a component supply side shortage? Batteries?

  4. It’s a compliance car, nothing else, GM made that crystal clear!

  5. Some Guy says:

    South Korea got an annual supply of 2000 Bolts. Sold out within a day. Norway had several 1000 reservations. Germany, Opel’s core market with the largest market size regarding new vehicle numbers in Europe (and a quite loyal Opel crowd) gets assigned a total of presumably 300 Ampera-e for 2017 (I have heard numbers as low as 90!).
    GM has no interest in selling large numbers of this car.

  6. Chris O says:

    Apparently GM’s Mark Reuss has suggested that GM loses money on Bolt which in itself is no surprise but apparently it’s not just non-recoupable overhead/development cost but also cost per unit that’s higher than revenue per unit. Basically: the more cars GM sells, the bigger its losses.

    That’s consistent with the hesitant roll out: sales outside CARB states don’t make much sense financially, that has to be for PR purposes mainly plus some CAFE+ (maybe soon defunct)EPA MPG mandates compliance.

    If true it’s surprising there is exports to Europe at all now that GM Europe was sold off. Certainly makes sense to keep sales low.

    1. Larry says:

      Interesting rumour but every estimate of build cost I’ve seen is substantially less than the selling price. Producing more vehicles would help recover development cost. It seems the only logical explanation would be GM has supply problems and has decided to reserve the Bolts they can produce for the US market.

  7. John Hogan says:

    Yawn lol. Thanks for the article but it’s simply part of the dribble of confirmation that GM had no plan to roll these out like a normal commercial product. When their biggest competitor was telling them to make more, you knew something was up. Believe it when you see it, but Tesla appears to be gearing up to punch out as many model 3s as people will buy. Like a company planning to make money from a product they are making. The contrast is striking.

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