GM to bring all-electric Ampera-e to Europe

Opel AmperaeVauxhall’s parent Opel has announced that a version of the US-market all-electric Chevrolet Bolt will be coming to Europe as the Opel Ampera-e.

Announcing the Ampera-e at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said: “GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”

The new five-door, five seat will have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, but Opel says it will also be affordably priced.

“Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction”, said Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The new Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”

The proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the flat battery pack mounted underneath the interior floor. Opel says the efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and boot space comparable with that of larger cars.

The Ampera-e will also offer the personal connectivity and service assistant, OnStar and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices into the vehicle.

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