Vauxhall announced its plans top trial the forthcoming Opel Ampera e electric car in the United Kingdom. It is based on the Chevrolet Bolt. This Ampera-e will be available under the Opel brand in the left hand drive European markets. It will be revealed later this month at the Paris Motor Show. Vauxhall has sold a Chevy Volt based Opel Ampera right hand drive version in the UK. It proved to be a slow seller. It only found around 1300 homes, its several orders of magnitude fewer sales compared to Nissan Leaf that racked up over the same period. The Volt was also available in the UK but it was hard to sell.
The new Ampera-e will be purely powered by electricity. Opel claimed it can go more than 250 miles in the official government test. Rory Harvey is the Chairman of Vauxhall. He explained the actual reasons behind the trials. He said that Vauxhall promised to have a future EV presence in the range. The technology that underpins the new Opel Ampera e is very interesting to them. They will evaluate LHD vehicles from next spring and will demonstrate it to the clients.
The Ampera-e is not a second car eco-luxury car for the customer that broadens its appeal. But it is obviously important that the car they sell in the market is right hand drive which will be not available in this current generation. The next generation version of Opel Ampera e will be likely engineered for the right hand drive and will be saleable in the UK. It will not arrive some years yet.