Published on February 12th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Chevy Bolt To Be Rebranded As Opel Ampera-e For Europe In 2017

February 12th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

There’s been a fair amount of speculation to date about how serious GM actually is about the Chevy Bolt, with most signs pointing to the new electric car offering being taken very serious by the company. That speculation seems to be confirmed somewhat by the recent announcement that a rebranded version of the Bolt will reportedly be offered for sale in Europe under the Opel brand starting in 2017.

The rebranded electric vehicle (EV) will be known as the Opel Ampera-e, and will reportedly be “affordably priced”, according to the company.

Opel Ampera-e

While announcing the model at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany recently, the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, commented: “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 toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”

The CEO of the Opel Group, Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, commented as well: “Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction. The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”

As one can see, there doesn’t seem to be any really noticeable exterior changes made to the new Ampera-e, as compared to the Chevy Bolt. The rebranding looks to be pretty straightforward.

For more information on the Chevy Bolt (and thus the Opel Ampera-e) see: “Chevy Bolt Is Here.

Reprinted with permission.

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  • Wayne Williamson

    too funny, my first car was an opel back in 1978…….

  • markogts

    Any news about GM policy for the second generation Volt in Europe?

  • sjc_1

    Sell them in Japan and China as well.

  • Martin

    Does anybody know what the projected production is going to be?
    What will be the year the the offering will be 50 % EV’s and 50 % ICE’s, 2025?
    By then who would buy an ICE if the cost to buy and own are less money, without incentives?

    • markogts

      Those who drive more than the real-world-range nearly every day…

      • Frank

        And don’t own a Tesla, or Tesla hasn’t put a supercharger near their super long daily drive by then. That won’t be anywhere near 50% of people though. If you charge at home, and your range is 3/4 of the range of a gas car, you aren’t saving much time buying gas. Tesla will have built a lot of Mod 3’s by then. They won’t cost that much, and used ones even less. I think their base model will start just over 200 miles range, but they have always offered larger packs, and the size has gone up over time.

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