GM’s Opel Unveils European Electric Bolt, The Ampera-e.
“GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step towards realizing that vision”
General Motors will launch a European version of its Chevrolet Bolt battery-only electric car next year to be called the Opel Ampera-e.
GM Europe owns Opel and Vauxhall which sell identical cars across Europe. Opel sells in mainland Europe, while Vauxhall sells the same cars with its badge in Britain.
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra unveiled the car at the CAR symposium in Bochum, Germany.
She didn’t mention the Chevrolet Bolt, but said the Ampera-e will have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars and will be affordably priced. She gave no details, but the Bolt has a claimed range of 200 miles and will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of this year, priced at $30,000 after federal tax credits.
Most electric cars currently on sale have difficulty in reaching 100 miles on a charge regularly.
“GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step towards realizing that vision,” Barra said in a statement.
Opel already uses the brand name Ampera to sell European versions of the Chevrolet Volt. That hasn’t been a sales success so far.
The Ampera-e will have a flat battery pack mounted underneath the floor.
The Bolt has been touted as a big danger to Tesla, which plans a smaller, more affordable electric car, the Model 3, possibly late next year.