The first three customers took delivery of their new electric vehicles on Norwegian Constitution Day, as the three Ampera-es mimicked Norway’s national colors. The trio posed outside of Oslo Hall to mark the occasion.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and I’m very excited,” said Bente Østreng from Oslo. She is the proud owner of the blue Ampera-e. “We are already looking forward to taking it for the first long journey to our cabin in Sweden.”
Norway was chosen as the Ampera-e’s launch market for good reason: it’s the most electric vehicle country on the continent of Europe. The maturity of the EV market in Norway has outpaced the rest of Europe with a vast charging infrastructure put in place. The country is on track to have 100,000 battery electric vehicles on its roads by the end of this year. The fact Norway collects zero sales tax on EVs, provides free parking and allows access to bus lanes for EV owners most certainly helps.
Thus, Opel’s staggered launch begins in Norway with Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland on deck.
Germany and Switzerland are scheduled to receive their first deliveries of the Opel Ampera-e by the end of the year.