While first deliveries took place in April, it was in May that they reached significant numbers. Last month in Norway, 230 Opel Ampera-e were registered. Since its arrival till today (June 2), a total of 281 units were registered in world’s most EV friendly country.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t this electric car the best seller in May. It was the new 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf that finally dethroned the BMW i3 from the top position, with 468 units sold, against 419 for the BMW i3.
Now that Opel is part of the French PSA Group, it isn’t clear how many units of the Opel Ampera-e is GM willing to supply for the European market.
However, if given the chance – not production constrained – the Opel Ampera-e will be much more successful in Europe, than the Chevrolet Bolt EV will be in the USA. I think we’ll know for sure with the 2018 model year’s arrival and its wider availability later this year.
Considering that the Tesla Model 3 is unlikely to arrive Europe before 2018, it’s the second generation Nissan Leaf and the Opel Ampera-e what’s left to dispute the best seller title with the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf in Norway this year.