First Three Opel Ampera E Electric Cars Delivered In Norway

 

Norwegians feel about the Opel Ampera E — the Chevy Bolt for Europe — the same way Americans feel about the Tesla Model 3. They can’t wait to get their hands on one. Some people placed their order for one last September. On May 17, the first three Opel Ampera E hatchbacks were delivered. Not surprisingly, the trio was painted red, white, and blue.

Opel Ampera E deliveries begin in Norway

Electric cars are hugely popular in Norway, thanks to highly favorable government policies and incentives. It is Tesla’s biggest market in Europe. Today, about 25% of all new cars sold in Norway are electrics. The keys to the first three cars were handed over personally by Opel Norway boss Bernt G. Jessen in a brief ceremony last week.





“We are, of course, very proud of that Opel decided to choose Norway as the first European country to receive the Ampera E.We are also very proud that the international press launch for the car took place in Norway just a few weeks ago. Ampera E is a huge success for us,” said Jessen.

Already, Opel has received 4,000 orders for the Ampera E from Norwegian customers. The car has almost as much range as a Tesla Model S but costs less than half as much money. The five door hatchback style also appeals strongly to Norwegians for its family friendly proportions and ability to carry lots of cargo.

“I have been looking forward to a long time, and I’m very excited,” said Bente Østereng, who lives in Oslo. She ordered the blue car. The first trip the car makes will be to Torpet in Sweden this weekend. The whole family is looking forward to the journey,” she says. Turid Høiem took possession of the red car at  the presentation ceremony and Helmer Teksdal the white one.

“We will have several hundred cars on the road between now and the end of the summer, said Stein Pettersen, head of information for Opel Norway. “So these cars will probably be a common sight on Norwegian country roads in a short time.” Now that Opel has been sold to PSA Group, the Opel Ampera-E will be only GM sourced model available to Opel customers in Europe.

Source and photo credit: TV2 Norway

 





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  • Epicurus

    Why won’t GM ramp up production to meet the demand? Can’t find workers? (That’s a joke.)

    • bioburner

      Folks in South Korea also waiting. You would think GM would jack up production rates to get better economy of scale. A lower production/sale price will come in handy when the Model 3 and Leaf gen 2 start showing up for sale.
      Or maybe they are waiting to see what the long term demand will be for the car.

      • Epicurus

        I think GM is afraid of the day EVs cut into their ICE sales. They are afraid to commit to EVs.

        • WebUserAtLarge

          Deer frozen in the headlights, GM is. It is too busy stealing market share from Ford. reuters . com/article/us-ford-management-idUSKBN18L1EZ ( remove spaces before/after the dot) Will not be too long before either will start loosing ICE sales to EVs from other manufacturers.

      • Epicurus

        Are you in South Korea, bioburner? If so, one question. Someone told me this morning that S. Koreans don’t want the U.S. there. Is that correct? (I guess they don’t think the North will invade if we leave.)

        • bioburner

          No, I’m in Virginia USA. There was an article a while back that stated the entire allotment of Bolts for S. Korea was sold out in a few hours. lots of folks there also want the Bolt.
          I know nothing about how the average S. Korean feels about the USA.

    • Steve Hanley

      You would think they would want to get out ahead of the Model 3 and build up a customer base. Model 3 won’t be in foreign markets for at least 2 more years. But GM is apparently in no hurry. Inexplicable why they would not exploit a market opportunity.

      • WebUserAtLarge

        Any chance I can get white-listed when I include a link within my posts? I promise to behave 🙂

    • WebUserAtLarge

      Elon Musk has a very good explanation on the lack of ramp up in Chevy Bolt production. Just google something like “Elon Musk on Chevy Bolt”. His comment on insideevs is one of the examples. I would include a link, but my links are usually do not getting published. 🙂

  • WebUserAtLarge

    GM does not own Opel anymore. I am wondering where are the Amperas made?

    • Steve Hanley

      They are made by Chevrolet in Michigan.

      • WebUserAtLarge

        If the European allotment is to be made in US, would it not further constrict the availability in North America?