The Chevrolet Bolt EV continues to set new sales records each month in the United States, and the electric car is now available nationwide, but in Europe, the Bolt EV’s Ampera-e cousin is so popular that Opel has ceased new orders.
Norwegian publication Tek.no reports Opel will not take any new orders for the Opel Ampera-e after demand surged past the electric car’s estimated production. “For those who can book a car now, we will talk about delivery no earlier than 2019,” said Opel Norway’s information manager, Stein Pettersen.
According to Pettersen, less than 1,000 Ampera-e electric cars have been delivered in Norway and another 4,000 remain on order. Customers who already placed an order will not see delivery dates changed, but dealers will impose wait lists with a tentative 2019 delivery date.
Norway is a friendly market for electric vehicles after the government enacted generous benefits for drivers. These include free charging, access to bus lanes and fewer taxes on the car itself.
The situation is likely more chaotic thanks to Opel’s new owner, PSA Groupe, dealing with General Motors over production allocations. All Bolt EVs, and the Ampera-e, are built at GM’s Orion assembly plant in Michigan.