Opel is planning to offer an electric version of the Karl minicar by end of 2018, according to a report by Autobild magazine. The Karl EV will be able to travel around 150 km (93 miles) before needing to recharge its battery. There have been reports suggesting that the Karl EV might feature a number of aerodynamic styling tweaks like a new front fascia with revised headlights.
Deliveries of the new Karl hatchback – the conventional version – will commence in June 2015. It will also be sold in the United Kingdom by sister brand Vauxhall rebadged as the Viva, replacing the Agila minicar its new entry-level model.
In July 2014, Opel announced plans for a development of an electric vehicle to replace the Ampera a plug-in hybrid that is derived from on the Chevrolet Volt. Opel decided to stop sales of the Ampera after the plug-in hybrid failed to gain satisfactory sales.
In fact, Opel sold just 934 Amperas in Europe in 2014, a big drop from the 3,180 delivered in 2013, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers.