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.