Opel Ampera-e arrival in Europe will be slow

Opel Ampera-e

In today’s press release Opel just confirmed that the electric car Ampera-e will arrive in Europe at a slow pace.


Here we have the press release:

“Rüsselsheim.  As the first country in Europe, Norway is kicking off the sales start of the revolutionary Opel Ampera-e today (December 14, 2016). With an electric range of over 500 km (electric range, measured based on New European Driving Cycle in kilometers: >500, preliminary figure), Opel’s electric car goes on sale first in the most mature electric vehicle market in Europe.

As the ramp-up production curve for the Ampera-e will be slow, only a limited volume will be available in the first months. Therefore, a staggered launch plan for Europe markets has been put in place, focusing initially on the markets that have an existing EV infrastructure in place and/or have shown the greatest ambition to populate their streets with electrically-powered vehicles. Following the delivery of the first vehicles in Norway in spring, the next countries in line are Germany, Netherlands, France and Switzerland. Most other European countries will follow in late 2017 or during 2018 as production volume grows.

The choice of Norway as the first market to see the launch of the Ampera-e is easy to explain. Norway is by far the most mature EV market in Europe and will soon already have 100.000 BEVs on the road. Successful policies such as no purchase taxes on EVs, exemption from VAT on purchase and leasing, low annual road tax, no charges on toll roads and ferries, free municipal parking, access to bus lanes and 50 percent reduced company car tax are enticing Norwegians to look to electric vehicles. The electric vehicle share of Norwegian new car sales has been the highest in the world for several years, already reaching 22 percent in 2015 with the EV share in some parts of the country surpassing 30 percent.

“The availability of the Ampera-e will be limited due to a slow ramp-up of production at the Orion plant in Michigan,” said Peter Christian Küspert, Opel Group Vice President Sales & Aftersales. “Therefore, we made a decision to go with a staggered introduction plan going first with the countries that already have some form of EV infrastructure in place or countries that have shown ambition to become EV leaders. This has created the pecking order Norway, Germany, Netherlands, France and Switzerland. However, we are flexible here and will be able to add countries or change the order at short notice if somebody becomes so attractive because of changed policies for example. Our goal is to have enough capacity by 2018 so that we can offer decent volumes in most European countries. Our current plan has the Ampera-e being sold by e‑agents selected from the Opel dealer network in all markets, except Norway where it will be sold throughout the entire Opel dealer network as the Ampera-e will soon be Opel’s bestseller there.”

The Opel Ampera-e redefines electro-mobility with its electric range of over 500 km – at least 100 km of additional range more than its nearest segment rival currently on the road. The combined WLTP range (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) is estimated at more than 380 km. Naturally, the range in everyday use will vary and depends on personal driving behavior and on external factors such as the outside temperature or the topography of your respective route.

When customers need to recharge, they can ‘refill’ around 150 km of range in just 30 minutes at a public 50 kW DC fast-charging station (average value, measured based on preliminary NEDC tests).”


In Norway the Ampera-e will be available at every Opel dealership, since the automaker believes it will be its best selling car in that country. The same can’t be said for the rest of the European countries, where this electric car will only be available at select e-agents.

The Norwegian market is clearly the priority, but availability in Germany, Netherlands, France and Switzerland come next, also in 2017. Most other European countries won’t get the Opel Ampera-e before late 2017 or even 2018.


Looking at the bright side, the European countries that get the Opel Ampera-e in late 2017, will get a car in its second model year, with some upgrades added and possible problems ironed out.


In 2018 things will get interesting, with the Tesla Model 3 arrival, I think that GM will sell more Opel Ampera-e in Europe than Chevrolet Bolt EV in the USA. While the opposite will happen to the Tesla Model 3, that should sell better in the USA – that loves big cars – than in Europe, where we tend to prefer the practicality of hatchbacks.


Meanwhile, Renault will be happy to sell the Zoe with the new ZE 40 battery, which first deliveries are about to take place.


What do you think about Opel’s strategy?



More info:


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.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
4 years ago

The strategy leaves me wondering why they’ve planned to ramp up so slowly and have such unambitious targets for volume. To say the goal is to offer “decent volume” by 2018 is weird.

I suppose there are reasons. Perhaps LG needs time to produce enough batteries. Assuming that the point for GM is to give Tesla a hard time, they should want to sell as many as possible as soon as possible. That would, if it’s a hit, quickly increase insecurity about Model 3 reservations being cancelled and cause nervous investors to distract Tesla from what they should be focused on.

Also, Norway passed 100k EVs a little while before this press release. A bit clumsy of GM to reveal they don’t actually pay any attention to our market.

Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

I hate it!!!..

I hate it, because i was expecting to have one in the beginning of next year, and now i can forget it. I will have to choose other EV and Nissan is too quiet for my taste. I really hope they bring something new at the beginning of next year.

Renault Zoe could be my choice, but the problems with charging, motors and even brakes makes it a no way…

I wonder if i could buy an Ampera-e in Norway and import it…

4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas Jovial

Indeed, had high hopes for something in the spring of 2017 that might make me cancel my model 3 reservation but unless Nissan comes with something that isn’t going to happen I’m afraid.

So I guess I’l soldier on with my MY2012 Leaf and let the Model 3 savings account grow towards 2018…

4 years ago

eagerly awaiting the new Leaf now as the Ampera-E won’t come to my country before somewhere in 2018… hope there will be new info on this site soon 🙂

4 years ago

300.000NOK will be at least 40K EUR (incl. tax).
GM has an interesting car ready ahead of competition. They won´t ramp up production until they are forced to. Maybe I buy one (if available), but still keep my M3 reservation. I reserved two days after the reveal, so I expect my blue M3 AWD +range +biodefence in 2019/20.

4 years ago

Disgusting strategy!