As General Motors restructures its continuously-loss-making Opel-Vauxhall division in Europe, some silver lining is to be had with the Ampera electric vehicle, which was Europe’s best-selling passenger electric car according to sales figures from May 2012. The Ampera earned a European segment share of over 20 percent, higher than any of its rivals.
For instance, the Ampera accounted for more than 77 percent of the passenger EV market share in the Netherlands in May, a feat that left all other competitors with a single percentage point. What’s more, average year-to-date market share for the the Ampera was more than 50 percent in the Netherlands. And in Switzerland, Ampera has 44 percent segment share.
You, however, may be more interested in knowing how the Ampera is selling in Germany — arguably Europe’s toughest automotive market. Luckily, the extended-range EV is also the best-selling electric car in Deutscheland, earning more than 33 percent segment share.
Those segment share results results from very low sales volume, but such is the nature of the EV market today. Either way, do you expect anything less from a vehicle as excellent as the Ampera/Volt, which has won more than 50 national and international prizes including the “Car of the Year 2012” award, the “World Green Car of the Year 2011”, and the coveted maximum 5-star Euro NCAP award?