Opel gets ready for the Ampera-e

Opel Ampera-e

Few days ago Opel used its twitter to say:

“We’ll break down barriers to electric mobility. Stay tuned for more news to come soon. #AMPERAe.”


Today Opel released a drag race video. In the video Opel brags about the speed of its BEV.



With the first deliveries expected to happen in the second trimester, the most important information is still missing. Price of course, will determine the car’s success or failure. Anything above 40.000 € is a failure in my point of view.


Knowing GM a little bit, I don’t expect many Opel Ampera-e or 2017 Chevrolet Bolt to be sold in the first months. Those two will test the market acceptation.

The real volume will come in late 2017 with the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt and the corresponding Opel Ampera-e. The same thing happened with the introduction of Chevrolet’s second generation Volt. First the MY 2016 was sold mostly in California, then the MY 2017 became available nationwide in the USA, with extra goodies as adaptive cruise control.

If most potential buyers consider the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt too much expensive, GM can add some features to increase the car’s overall value while maintaining the price.

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt will probably have adaptive cruise control but also faster charging (internal and external). But this later part, is just speculation on my part.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

I expect Ampera-e to be well below €40k here in Norway – where BEVs are exempted from all taxes and duties, including VAT.

Opel has been struggling in Norway for many years and this is a great chance for the brand to revive itself. EVs are a significant share of the market and I expect it to climb back up to above 20% in 2017 (it has fallen to about 15%, perhaps partly because people are waiting for the better 2017 models, but no doubt much because the government stupidly started to give preferential treatments to PHEVs as well – nearly all sold are nearly average in green terms, some worse; X5, XC90 and Outlander, for example).

With a price staring south of 300,000 NOK the Ampera-e will be a strong player. But it seems it’ll have serious competition from Leaf and Zoe, so we are set up for an interesting battle!