General Motors will sell its upcoming Chevy Bolt 200 mile electric car in Europe, where it will be known as the Ampera-e GM CEO Mary Barra told the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany this week, “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.”
“Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction”, says Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”
Visually and mechanically, the Ampera-e will be identical to the Bolt says Electric Cars Report. With a 60 kWh battery, the car will have a normal range of 200 miles or more. Given that distances between cities in Europe are somewhat shorter than they are in the US, the Ampera-e should met the driving needs of many European drivers. The onboard 7.2 kilowatt charger capable will be able to add 50 miles of range in 2 hours.
In the US, an optional Combined Charging Standard (CSS) DC fast charging system can add 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes. Charging standards in Europe vary widely, as a group of 5 adventurers found out last summer. Opel will undoubtedly offer various charging options to suit local markets.
“Chevrolet needs to be disruptive in order to maintain our leadership position in electrification,” say Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of global product development. “By taking the best of our in-house engineering prowess established with the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and combining the experience of the LG Group, we’re able to transform the concept of the industry’s first long range, affordable EV into reality.”
Cars in Europe tend to be somewhat smaller than what Americans are used to. With its room for 5 passengers and the extra cargo carrying ability provided by its hatchback/crossover SUV body style, the Ampera-e could find a ready and willing pool of customers in Europe. The Bolt is scheduled to begin production later this year. Barra did not say when the Ampera-e will be available in Europe. She also didn’t say if the Ampera-e will be built in America or manufactured in one of Opel’s factories.