The last Peugeot was sold in America 26 years ago. Most Americans alive today have never seen a new Peugeot or Citroen but that may be about to change. PSA Group, the parent company of both Peugeot and Citroen — which also markets premium automobiles under the DS brand — has recently agreed to buy […]
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News from the Frankfurt Motor Show from GM is that the highly anticipated, long-range and affordable Chevy Bolt will also be sold in Europe under the Opel brand. Surprisingly, though, the report is that there will be no right-hand drive model sold in the UK. Considering that the UK has become one of the largest electric car […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. Well, the Netherlands is certainly turning out to be one of the most interesting electric vehicle markets in the world. It is #2 in terms of electric cars’ percentage of total new car sales, but the cars leading the pack keep changing. The Dutch plug-in hybrid fetish is apparently as strong […]
I’ve been long planning to do an EV owner and lessee survey like this, so I am super eager to see the results. (I’m going to have a hard time not watching them obsessively as they come in.) But the key, of course, is getting EV owners and lessees to complete the survey. If you drive […]
Through May of 2014, just 332 plug-in Opel Ampera plug-in hybrids were sold, feeding rumors that it will soon be cancelled.
In the early 1970s the world got its first taste of peak oil, as OPEC turned off the spigot and gas prices shot through the roof almost overnight. This prompted an initial wave of research aimed at producing more efficient vehicles, as well as alternatives to oil. Shell even got in on the act, creating […]
The decision to keep Buick alive during the 2009 restructuring of General Motors baffled many, but so far seems to be justified by increased sales and interest from customers. To keep the momentum going, GM is reportedly considering the addition of diesel engines to its lineup, in an effort to make Buick ever more European.
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.
Even though the Frankfurt Auto Show doesn’t open its doors until mid-September, automakers are already rolling out the first official images and info of concepts that will make their debut. For GM the big news is the Monza Concept, shared by both Opel and Vauxhall, which will utilize a next-generation Voltec drivetrain, and could point the way forward for the plug-in hybrid.
Chevy Volt sales have picked up a moderate amount of steam in 2013, and the recent $5,000 price cut is sure to bring in even more buyers for the plug-in hybrid. There’s still plenty of room for improvement though, like replacing the 1.4 liter generator that charges the Volt’s batteries. That engine could be replaced by a fresh 1.0 liter, three-cylinder turbo that GM just debuted.
The guys at Opposite Lock recently compared this 2002 concept car from Opel to Volkswagen’s recently launched X1 high-mpg supercar. What kind of epic progress has 12 years of scientific advancement brought us? Not as much as you’d think, actually!
There many only be 7,500 electric vehicles on the road in Holland, but the rate at which they are being adopted is quite fast. The number of electric vehicles on the road octupled last year alone. That’s an eightfold increase.
Here in the U.S. the future of fuel is still very much up in the air, and most automakers have barely tipped their toes into the waters of alt-fuel automobiles. European automakers, however, offer mainstream cars in a wide variety of fuels, including propane. Opel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM, has announced that their flagship […]
It’s not easy being green, apparently. Successful German automakers BMW and Opel have both come out and stated that they need some kind of subsidy in order to properly comply with EU regulations on CO2 emissions. Specifically, both automakers are concerned about the development and production of electric and hybrid vehicles. The development process is […]
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 […]
The Opel Junior – also known as the Opel Allegra or the Opel New Small, depending on who’s talking – is set to hit the market at the end of 2012. It was spotted doing some winter road tests this week, still heavily camouflaged, but finally out from underneath the shortened Corsa body. The Junior […]
Opel is expanding its lineup next year with a CNG powered version of its Zafira Tourer. The 10 GGE tank (which holds about 55 lbs of natural gas) should have a range of just over 300 miles – a record, Opel promises. The new Zafira Tourer isn’t Opel’s first alternative-fuel vehicle, but they’ve worked hard […]
It’s not easy to make a 1973 Opel GT sexier than it already is – but ripping out the engine to install an electric motor is a pretty good start, and that’s exactly what Texans Charlie and Tamara did! The married couple bought the Opel three years ago, and have been working to make the 70’s coupe into a forward-looking EV ever since.
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.
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 […]