According to undisclosed company sources, General Motors might expand the sales of the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt electric car into Europe, under the Opel/Vauxhall brand names.
The largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world presented back in January the Chevrolet Bolt concept during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, later on confirming it was going to market it as a production model from 2017 and build it in a US factory. The electric car, which relies on batteries for power, would be affordable (around $30,000 after state incentives) and could travel up to 321 kilometers (200 miles) on a single charge. According to the insiders, which declined to be named because the subject is not public, said the company would only forecast a small unit sales quota for the Opel/Vauxhall-badged Bolt at the beginning, if it would even consider to sell the car on the Old Continent.
According to the sources, an Opel/Vauxhall Bolt in Europe would be more likely than an electric variant of the division’s new entry-level Karl/Viva minicar. Recently the German magazine Autobild reported the Karl electric variant was in preparation at Opel and scheduled to reach dealerships in 2018, but Opel insiders axed the variant because the powertrain version could be way too expensive for Karl’s intended buyers. The Bolt would use a modified version of GM’s next-generation global subcompact platform and Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann refrained from commenting on the automaker’s European electrification plans – only confirming the brands would indeed embrace an electric car to replace the Ampera plug-in hybrid because of tougher CO2 emissions.
Via Automotive News Europe