Opel Developing Electric Karl


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With the Opel Ampera being discontinued due to weak sales, Opel is left without a plug-in vehicle at least until 2018 when an electric Opel Karl is now expected to launch.

According to Automotive News:

“Opel plans an electric version of its new Karl minicar, a German magazine reported.”

“The Karl EV could go on sale by the end of 2018, Autobild said. The battery powered hatchback will have a range of approximately 150km (93 miles) on a single charge, the magazine said.”

93 miles of range isn’t going to cut it in 2018 when there will be several 150+ mile electric cars available, so we think Opel should reconsider.

Automotive News adds:

“No details have been released, but reports suggest the model could have a number of aerodynamic styling tweaks including a new front fascia with revised headlights.”

“Opel will start deliveries of the Karl with a gasoline engine in June. The Karl, which will be badged as the Viva by sister brand Vauxhall in the UK, will replace the Agila minicar as the brand’s entry-level model.”

Another reason to not build this car, or perhaps why the report is inaccurate/dated, is that the Chevrolet Bolt, which has been confirmed for production in late 2016, is also said to eventually have an Opel-variant running down the line alongside it.

Source: Automotive News

Categories: Opel / Vauxhall


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So it’s the Opel version of the Spark EV. That’s what the pictures look like.

It does look like a Spark, or every other hatchback ever made.

I was thinking the same thing.

The Golf cart is back apparently. There are way too much micro ev and “almost” none Camry sized ones.

Wasn’t Toyota considering discontinuing the Camry in Europe due to lack of sales?


“There are way too much micro ev and “almost” none Camry sized ones.”

Perhaps they are leaving a bit of Lebensraum for future generations.

To me the name Electric Carl sounds like a German made vibraror, but I did grow up listening to Steely Dan. So my opinion may be somewhat tainted.

The Opel Karl is a Changwon (Daewoo) built car based on the same platform as the Spark.

Summary: Archaic US Spark EV to come to Europe in 2018-2019

The range can’t be accurately predicted three years away. If they are truly aiming for a city car rated at 150 km they still aren’t doomed.

The author doesn’t mention several points that will be relevant to European owners as well.

-The price difference between a Bolt and a Karl EV will most likely be substantial.
-European cities are better suited to the Karl than the Bolt or Leaf/Zoe.
-The Spark EV gets great reviews for its performance and range.
-Small cars are the most popular segment in Europe.
-Space for batteries in a car this size easily constrains range.
-Small vehicles are the most economical to electrify.

karl? really? that sounds so korny

hey look its a karl!