GM will be sending the Bolt EV to Europe, but will sell it under the Opel brand, with the name Ampera-e. It’s name is a throwback to the Volt which was sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera.
The Opel Ampera-e will compete directly with the BMW i3, which is actually selling very well in Europe.
Mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Opel EV will have 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which will accelerate it to 100km/h in under 6.2 seconds. Total range will be somewhere around 300 kms.
Visually, the Ampera-e will receive new front and rear bumpers, and likely a few ‘extras’ like
Set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in the fall of 2016, the Ampera-e will hit dealerships sometime in the Spring of 2017.
Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and to reduce emissions. And the previous disadvantages such as high prices and low ranges are finally passé – the Opel Ampera e opens electromobility new perspectives.
– Opel CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann