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Opel Ampera Price Slashed $10,000

Automakers are chopping thousands of dollars off the price of electric vehicles here in America, bringing the price of these cars more in line with customer expectations, and sales have risen as a result. The Opel Ampera, the Chevy Volt’s European cousin, just got its own big price cut, chopping $10,000 off the MSRP, though it still outprices the Volt by a wide margin.

September 12th

Will The Next-Gen Chevy Volt Offer Multiple Battery Options?

You can bet that GM already has a good idea of what consumers what in the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. That means rumors and hearsay are starting to trickle out, though sometimes a single sentence from one suit can send the automotive media into a feeding frenzy. So comes word that the Chevy Volt may offer less range in the future…or on the flipside, even more range.

Say what?

Vauxhall Ampera Tries its Luck as an Ambulance Apprentice

The Vauxhall Ampera, which is the European version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, is going to be incorporated into the emergency fleet of the United Kingdom’s NHS Trust. The United Kingdom’s Yorkshire ambulance service would like to see how vehicles like this could be incorporated into such a fleet and reduce its carbon footprint and fuel expenditure by 30% by 2015.

March 1st

EV-Only Mode May Come To Chevy Volt

Though the Chevy Volt and Vauxhall Ampera are built on the same platform, the reception the two cars have received could not be more different. While the Volt has been polarized and bastardized as a product of Obama, the Ampera sold out before it ever went on sale. There is another key difference too; the Ampera […]

April 11th

Opel Ampera Wins Monte Carlo Rally

With all of the bad news surrounding the Chevy Volt these days, I think a few fluff pieces about its kissing-European-cousin the Opel Ampera is in order. Last week I talked about how Opel was entering the Opel Ampera into the Monte Carlo Alt-Fuel Rally. Well congratulations to the two cheese-eating surrender monkeys French drivers […]

March 26th

IAA EV Rundown

The IAA 2011 is fast approaching – it starts Thursday, Sept. 15th in Frankfurt and will go on until the 25th. This year, electric cars get their own display – all of Hall 4. The usual suspects – Opel Ampera, Citroen C-ZERO, Renault Twizy, Peugeot iOn and the BMW prototype i3 and i8 – will all be there. Visitors can not only get information, but sign up to test drive a variety of electric cars.

September 12th

2015 Volt / Ampera to be Cheaper, More “Radical”

When Chevrolet showed off the original Volt concept car (above) it looked tough and muscle-y, despite its green cred. Petrolheads wanted to see the radically-styled, long-hood / short deck, chopped roof, and broad-shouldered machine get built – and (gasp!) environmentalists wanted it to get built, too. It seemed like the unified field theory of automotive […]

August 9th

Opel Plans to Build 20,000 Fuel-cell Luxury Sedans for 2016

According to Opel’s deputy chairman, the GM-owned German carmaker has plans to bring a TOL (Top-Of the Line) sedan to market by 2016, which would be, in his words, a “technological spearhead” for the brand, bringing together fuel-cells, electric batteries, and other state-of-the-art technologies into a package that he believes the German brand could sell in […]

July 31st

GM to Boost Volt Production to Meet Demand

The Chevy Volt is a very polarizing vehicle, but one thing that can’t be argued are sales numbers, and GM expects to sell more Volts next year by 25%, prompting them to retool their facilities for increased production. GM’s initial estimates for Chevy Volt sales in 2010 was about 15,000 vehicles. By the end of […]

GM Developing A Buick Volt?

Last week Road & Track gave us the lovely Volt convertible, and while GM has no plans for a drop-top plug-in they are apparently developing a Buick Volt. Will the Volt’s high price go down easier with a Buick badge? From the start, the Chevrolet Volt’s Voltec technology was designed to underpin more than just […]