Pricing for the Opel Ampera-e in the Norwegian market will be more aggressive than generally presumed, with the starting price working out to around ~$33,650 — making the model very competitive as regards price-to-range ratio.
This starting price includes a heated leather steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, and IntelliLink infotainment, amongst other things. Those wanting leather seats, heated rear seats, and a Bose sound system will have to drop a further $2,000.
Those wanting the driver assistance package — rear view camera, lane departure warning, sign recognition, parallel parking, etc. — can attain that for another $1,500.
Our sister site Gas2 provides more: “Several dealers in Norway took deposits for the car even before the pricing was known. The price with all options is what Norwegians expected the base price of the car to be. Because of Norway’s aggressive electric car incentives, it is a leader among European nations when it comes to the percentage of electric or plug-in hybrids on its roads. They are the reason the Ampera-e will be offered first to customers in Norway this June before sales are expanded to other nations with significant green car credentials.”
With its 60 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, the Ampera-E (which is a rebadged Chevy Bolt EV) could prove to be quite a good seller in Norway, if enough stock is provided. Notably, the Norwegian news outlet VG is claiming that the country is likely to be allocated 2,000 to 2,500 vehicles, and that demand will likely exceed supply.
The vice president of sales and service market for Opel, Peter Christian Küspert, stated: “We have been aware that the production volume from the start would be limited. Therefore we have decided to introduce Ampera-e in countries where the infrastructure for electric cars is already in place, or who have shown a clear desire to become a leading supplier of electric mobility. That means we are introducing the car in Norway first. Then will come Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland.”
It’ll be interesting to see if supply constraints hold true for the long term, or if production will be ramped up enough to matter. In other words, to see if GM/Opel actually wants to sell the car in large numbers.
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