Opel Ampera Hits 7,000 Oder Mark and Goes Continues to Go Up image

Opel, who has taken 7,000 pre-orders for the Ampera, seems to be on its way to achieve its goal of 10,000 units for 2012.

Ampera, which was called the 2012 European Car of the Year, is experiencing strong demand, compared to Chevrolet Volt, the Ampera twin, which faces production shut down for 5 weeks. The Ampera has received more than 7,000 orders, leading Opel executives to believe that the Ampera will hit its 2012 sales target of 10,000 units.

In February 2012 Opel started shipping Amperas to customers, most of them switching from luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. General Motors is hoping the Ampera will be better received in Europe than the Volt has been here in the States. In February the Ampera hit 1,023 units, up from 603 vehicles in January.

“We are extremely pleased with the continuing demand for our Ampera,” said Enno Fuchs, Opel’s e-mobility launch director. “This news shows us that our sales target of 10,000 units for 2012 is well within reach.”

Opel estimates that an electrically-driven kilometer in the 2012 Opel Ampera will cost about one-fifth compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle, at current fuel prices.