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Opel will drop the Ampera; new EV in 2014-2018 time frame

23 July 2014

Taking a page out of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter-based announcement style, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (@KT_Neumann) tweeted today (in both English and German) that after the run-out of the current generation Ampera plug-in hybrid, Opel will introduce a successor product in the EV segment as part of its major model offensive from 2014-2018 (27 new vehicles).

 

 

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Hmmm...

still no comments to this very significant news. Once again Europe displays a VERY low uptake rate for Plug-ins, despite a greener social conscience, confiscatory liquid petroleum fuel taxes, and generally more convenient consumer incentive structures. Moreover, Europe "enjoys" the putative cost savings of a much greater renewable power production fraction.

What say the GCC minions?

Mr. Millikin's helpful twitter feed also includes an interesting article on plug-in sales at 0.34% of Europe total (ex-Norway).

The plugin market in Europe is small, because most people drive small cars, diesel often, that already run very economical . A plugin will never pay back the sizeable incremental costs, on average Euro 10,000 in different brands and models, unless there are serious government incentives.

Europeans often lack garages as well. When quick charge stations are plentiful and price differentials drop, this may change.

IMHO, Europe has excellent public transit systems, such that cars are not used much but serve more as trophies and luxury items for the affluent, or for family trips, which require generous passenger and luggage capacity.

The Volt has poor passenger capacity, while the Ampera ain't no luxury ride, either. If a PEV is not driven much, the battery will still age and become worthless after less than a decade, while Europeans tend to keep their cars for many decades, requiring expensive battery changes.

The vast European public transit is already very energy efficient, therefore , BEV's do not make much impact on overall transportation efficiency.

no surprise. the Ampera (Chevy Volt) was a PR stunt meant for the US

The first gen Prius was overpriced and underperformed, so did not sell well at all. However the second gen Prius was a massive improvement and sold millions. Why shouldn't we expect the same from the Gen2 Volt/Ampera?

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