Is GM Trying To Kill The Opel Ampera-E Electric Car in Europe? The Signs Aren’t Good

Follow Nikki on Twitter:
Follow Kate on Twitter:
Follow the show on Twitter
Buy Transport Evolved SWAG :
Support us on Patreon:


Next month, the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car officially turns one year old. And in its first year of sales, the Bolt EV has gone from a slow-seller to becoming the second-most popular plug-in car in North America, second only to the Tesla Model S.

But in Europe, where the Bolt EV was launched as the Opel Ampera-E, things couldn’t be more different. While European buyers in left-hand drive markets like Norway are more than eager to get their hands on the affordable long-range hatchback CUV, they’ve had to go through a series of hoops to get one.

First, the Opel Ampera-E had its numbers cut for its first year, with GM sending only a few hundred examples over. Then it suffered not one but two price hikes, with the latest price increase putting the entry-level Ampera-E at more than $44,000 equivalent.

So what’s going on with the Ampera-E? Who’s to blame for the slow rollout? And is GM really trying to kill the twin of the Bolt EV as a consequence of its recent divorce from Opel?

Watch the video above to find out more, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and support Transport Evolved via Patreon.


Want to keep up with the latest news in evolving transport? Don’t forget to follow Transport Evolved on Twitter, like us on Facebook and G+, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You can also support us directly as a monthly supporting member by visiting

Related News