According to the latest report on the subject of the upcoming Opel Ampera-e, the German twin of the Chevrolet Bolt – German media has caught a rumor that says the Opel version will also be produced in the US.
The report goes on to say the assembly duties for the Opel Ampera-e will be handled in the exact same location that is used to manufacture the Chevrolet Bolt – which is kind of a logical thing in terms of business solutions. Opel announced the soon to be introduced fully electric Ampera-e last week and pitted the release date for next year. Since we-re talking about “identical” twins here, the report coming from Germany might easily pan out – having the two vehicles share the assembly line at GM’s Orion facility near Detroit.
The two models will be powered by a 200-hp electric motor also delivering an instant torque of 266 pound-feet (360 Newton meters) and taking power from a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. Chevrolet has been titillating about the estimated maximum range of at least 200 miles (322 kilometers) and said the zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint will be handled in no more than seven seconds – the maximum speed has been tipped at 91 mph (146 km/h). By the way, the regular Ampera is also going to come up as a second generation rebadged 2016 Chevrolet Volt. There’s no word yet if the British subsidiary Vauxhall would also get its own – right hand drive – version of the plug in hybrid.