Sprechen sie deutsch? The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV clearly does. During General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s keynote address at the 16th annual Car-Symposium in Bochum, Germany, she revealed a well-kept secret.
During her presentation on the future of Opel, and its 29 new model introductions by 2020, she debuted the Opel Ampera-e. Obviously, this is a very close-knit cousin to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, evident in the styling and identical technical specifications. However, the debut is a curveball, after the brand dismissed the thought of an Opel-badged EV.
“GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel’s reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible.”
We had heard rumors of an Opel-branded cousin to the 2017 Bolt EV being produced at the Orion assembly alongside the Chevy, but it’s not evident GM has greater plans for the Bolt’s technology, including the flush, flat-mounted battery pack underneath the vehicle’s floor.
The Ampera-e is seen as another major step in Opel’s surge to lead the market with innovative and disruptive product. And, just as the Bolt EV’s goals in North America, Opel hopes to bring an affordable EV to the masses with this introduction.
“Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction”, says Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”
Availability and pricing information was not available at the time of the announcement, but expect information to be forthcoming as we approach the launch of the 2017 Bolt EV in the United States.