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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?
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