The European market will get a taste of the affordable electric vehicle courtesy of General Motors, which has tasked its subsidiary Opel to introduce their latest green vehicle next year.
The German automaker has announced it would introduce the new “Ampera-e” for European markets – which is practically the rebadged version of the Chevrolet Volt. The Old Continent customers will be treated to the pure electric five-door hatchback where Opel says it would deliver longer range than most EVs on the market and will also have an affordable starting price. That latter part is to be seen as there are no continent-wide incentives to lower the cost of ownership like in the US – meaning the Ampera-e will be highly dependent on the policy in each country for that “affordable” tagline.
Opel has been coy on delivering performance or technical specifications but we bet they’ll closely mirror those already out in the open on the Bolt. The American sibling has an electric motor producing 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton meters) of torque linked to a lithium-ion battery pack worth 60 kilowatt-hour and tucked beneath the floor. So, the Ampera-e will likely match the performance figures of seven seconds to 60 mph (96 km/h) and a maximum speed of 91 mph (146 km/h). The 960-lbs battery pack should provide a range of more than 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge. By the way, Opel is planning no less than 29 new vehicles by the turn of the decade – and one of them will be the second-generation Ampera, which is also a rebadged version of a Chevy, this time the second gen Volt.