Confirmed: Europe Will Lose Volt, Ampera By 2016

A few days ago, we published news of a rumor suggesting that GM’s european arms Opel and Vauxhall would cease selling the Ampera range extended electric car when the Chevrolet Volt on which it is based gets its 2016 refresh.

The Ampera plug-in Hybrid will cease sales in the EU next year.

The Ampera plug-in Hybrid will cease sales in the EU next year.

Today, as InsideEvs broke earlier, Opel’s CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed the rumor on his personal Twitter stream, putting to bed any question of the Ampera’s future.

Reiterating Opel’s commitment to plug-in cars, Neumann promised that the current generation Ampera would be placed by a new plug-in vehicle.

The new vehicle, says Neumann, will be part of a major Opel brand refresh over the coming four years, presumably one which will produce cars which appeal more to European buyers.

Built on the same production line as the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera is mechanically identical to its American sibling, but features different body panels to the Volt designed to make the car more appealing to European buyers.

Despite this however, Ampera sales have struggled since its launch in 2011, with other plug-in cars like the Nissan LEAF proving far more popular with European buyers.

With the Chevrolet Volt already pulling out of Europe as part of mass Chevrolet exodus from the European market, anyone wanting the Detroit-built plug-in has less than a year to buy an Ampera or Volt — or opt to buy the similarly-priced but far better equipped Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid or BMW i3 REx instead.

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