But, while we can expect the 2017 Ampera-e to be built alongside the 2017 Bolt EV at the Orion assembly in Michigan, it has yet to be confirmed for the UK market. It all boils down to business case, and right-hand drive flexibility.
According to EV Fleet World, Rory Harvey, Vauxhall chairman and managing director, the discussion is ongoing on whether the Ampera-e will also where a Vauxhall badge.
“We were one of the leaders with [the last] Ampera and range anxiety, and perhaps didn’t make the most of it. If we’re going to do something going forward it needs to have the business logic to support that.”
“There’s legitimate customer demand, which is complemented by legislation or government incentives. You have to look at the whole package and say what’s the effective distribution footprint that’s going to meet customer needs and be commercially viable,” he added.
The Ampera-e could be a welcome addition to the Vauxhall lineup to help ensure the brand meets stringent 95/kg weighted C02 averages by 2020.