Two days ago we told you that the Opel Ampera will be discontinued due to weak demand and the German manufacturer owned by GM was not planning to replace the vehicle when the second-generation Chevrolet Volt will arrive. Still, it appears that the Opel Ampera will definitely have a successor in the electric vehicle segment as the company plans to keep its position as an innovative leader.
Opel said in a statement that electric mobility remains important to them and the development will continue in order to drive down costs and deliver affordability. The new model will be launched between 2014 and 2018, but the manufacturer refused to give us any more details.
We do know that the successor is codenamed BEV (battery electric vehicle) and will be much smaller and cheaper than the Opel Ampera.
For those who don’t know, the Opel Ampera is powered by a 1.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder gasoline range extender that delivers 84 hp and powers the 55 kW generator, as well as an electric motor with peak output of 149 hp (111 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.
Ampera offers a 60 km all-electric range and it is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9 seconds, with a top speed limited at 161 km/h.