The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2016, and the 2017 Opel Ampera-e will arrive in Europe shortly after in 2017. Except, there will be one glaring omission in Europe: the United Kingdom.
Vauxhall previously confirmed it would not offer the 500-kilometer range Ampera-e in the market because the vehicle has been engineered exclusively for left-hand drive orientation. That fact has left many UK fleet markets disappointed, according to Fleet News.
Sarah Gilding, head of vehicle fleet management at South Yorkshire Police, said, “This is disappointing news as the Ampera has been well received in South Yorkshire Police. A fully electric version would have been an attractive proposition to trial with a view to extending our fleet of low emission vehicles, which we are committed to doing wherever possible.”
“I certainly feel that there would have been a role for this vehicle in the police fleet, given the power output and extended range.”
Similarly, Paul Tate, commodity manager at engineering and technology company, Siemens, stated, “After 150 miles you normally consider a stop so it would be practical to consider using this vehicle on a long distance as if on a fast charge and takes around 20 minutes then that fits nicely.”
Vauxhall will have a handful of Opel Ampera-e models on hand to provide to various clients for evaluation. The data will be gathered for General Motors and will likely influence a right-hand drive introduction for the Ampera-e’s successor years away.