Opel announced that the first European country to receive the 2017 Ampera-e (aka Chevrolet Bolt EV) would in fact not be its brand’s home in Germany. It would instead be Norway, due to the country’s EV friendly infrastructure and its government regulations. With that comes word from Europe on how much the mid-range EV will sell for.
When the 2017 Opel Ampera-e goes on sale in spring of 2017, it will have a price tag of 299,900 kroner, or €33,500, according to Automotive News. It’s important to point out that Norway does not belong to the European Union and does not use the Euro. But it is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), and a European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member.
In comparison, the Nissan Leaf costs 204,990 kroner, while the BMW i3 costs 267,500 kroner. However, with the slight price premium for the Ampera-e comes a much greater range of 500 kilometers – well above any rival on the market currently.
EVs hold a 15 percent market share in Norway. Which is one of the more impressive take-rates globally. Of the 115,875 new car registrations in the first nine months of this year, 17,485 were electric vehicles, according to the report. It’s easy to see why Opel thinks Norway is the perfect market to introduce the brand’s first EV.
France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland will follow Norway in the Ampera-e launch in 2017.