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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  • vdiv

    I will be mourning tonight, drowning my tears in Anton Berg chocolate liqueurs. Don’t call me. :'(

  • Surya

    Come to think of it. An i3 with REx costs about the same as an Ampera. But it can seat 5 and has 3 times the electric range.

    • vdiv

      The i3 can only seat 4 and while it does have double the electric range (71 vs. 38 miles) it has half of the total range (180 vs. 380 miles).nnnDetails.

      • Surya

        Oh, I thought the i3 would fit 5.nI would argue that 180 miles with the ability to refuel and/or fast charge should cover the needs of most everyone, the 200 extra miles in the tank is handy but not an absolute must have if you’re being fair 🙂

        • vdiv

          Fair? Me?! Nooo. :)nnCan I be as fair as NJ giving/not giving ZEV sales tax exemptions?

  • Ad van der Meer

    The Ampera is priced about the same as the Outlander PHEV in the Netherlands. I will never buy a gas powered car again, but if I had to choose at gun point I’d go for the Outlander as I would guess most people.nnnSales this year so far: Outlander 5000+ vs Ampera/Volt 9nnGM, the market has chosen. Your product was nice when there was no competition.

  • D Gatewood

    Sold my Leaf of two years a couple months ago and bought a low mile Ampera and am loving it. Owning the Leaf I found my weekly range requirements were within the Ampera electric limits and the need for longer distance runs enabled me to sell my second car eliminating that expense.
    The Leaf was great but I never got past range anxiety however I will eventually return to full electric when ranges are longer.
    I feel there is a lot of animosity surrounding the Volt/Ampera and misinformation that affect consumers decisions to purchase, This is revealed in the forums.