Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, the former CEO of Opel, has resurfaced, and he has two new cars to show off. The ex-Opel chief has purchased a Tesla Model S and a BMW i3, and he took to Twitter to show share his new purchases.
— Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) March 3, 2018
The only reason we find this significant is because Neumann worked tirelessly to convince General Motors that his plan to turn Opel into an all-electric brand was the right strategy. Last spring, reports indicated GM rejected the former CEO’s plan just ahead of the automaker’s announcement that Opel would be sold to PSA Groupe. Neumann stepped down as CEO during the transition from GM to PSA Groupe.
Clearly, Neumann believes in an all-electric future, though he hasn’t landed at another automaker. Previous reports also suggested Neumann was considered for a position at Audi. He briefly led Volkswagen’s electrification strategy before joining Opel years ago.
In PSA Groupe’s hands, Opel will forge ahead into electrification. The French automaker has big plans for the German brand and part of them is to electrify every vehicle offered by 2024. It will start with an Opel Corsa EV, which will likely replace the embattled Opel Ampera-e in 2020.