Meet the Opel Ampera-e, the Chevy Bolt EV’s European Cousin

Opel Ampera-e

What’s that Chevrolet Bolt doing in front of the Eiffel Tower, you ask? Mais non! It’s the new Opel Ampera-e, a nearly identical version of the all-electric Bolt that’s set to make its European debut at next month’s Paris auto show.

If the Ampera name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the nameplate that Opel (and Vauxhall, in the U.K.) chose for its version of the previous-gen Chevrolet Volt (the current Volt has yet to make its way to the Continent). And so, just like in the U.S. where the Bolt and Volt names make for a messy distinction between the two cars, the Europeans will have their own sort of badge confusion to deal with thanks to the Ampera-e.

Regardless of naming mishaps, the Ampera-e should have a significant impact on the European EV market with its impressive electric drivetrain shared with the U.S. version of the car. Opel isn’t yet providing full specifications, but the 60-kWh battery pack will remain, along with the claimed driving range of more than 200 miles on a full charge. Its five-seat hatchback body isn’t changed, either, other than the requisite “Opel” and “Ampera-e” badges.

Opel Ampera-e


from Car and Driver BlogCar and Driver Blog http://blog.caranddriver.com/meet-the-opel-ampera-e-the-chevy-bolt-evs-european-cousin/

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