Opel hailed the Ampera-e as a revolutionary car for the brand at its announcement. Since then, things have gotten slightly more complicated with the sale of Opel to France’s PSA Groupe.
Now, PSA plans for another electric car, and the first developed for Opel under its new ownership. A Corsa EV will arrive in 2020 following the introduction of the next-generation Corsa.
The next Corsa will be the first Opel engineered with PSA, meaning it will also be the first to move off of a GM architecture. PSA reportedly stopped development of all Opel products after the sale for an internal review. Thus, the Corsa was pushed back to take advantage of the French automaker’s own technology.
Opel made the announcement alongside news that the Zaragoza, Spain, factory will remain the sole home of Corsa production.
The Corsa EV will likely help supplement the Ampera-e demand. Opel stopped taking orders for the electric car last year amid surging demand. In a statement, the brand said those who have an Ampera-e on order now will receive their car no earlier than 2019. We assume it has something to do with the Opel sale and the fact that the Orion, Michigan, plant builds the car for export. GM also reportedly lost $12,000 for every Ampera-e sold.
The long run, all Opels will offer an electrified option by 2024.