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

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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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  • no4018

    I agree that GM is to suspect in this game, but what about PSA? Are they interested is selling an EV produced by GM, or an EV at all? Or are they planning to make their own?