GM promised its customer that the next-generation of the Chevrolet Volt will be more fuel efficient and cheaper than its predecessor. Still, it appears that we will see the new vehicle only in the United States as GM’s Opel division decided to discontinue the Ampera a.k.a. a rebadged version of the Volt.
The Opel Ampera was introduced on the market in 2012 but the manufacturer sold 3,184 cars in 2013 while this year only 332 vehicles left the showrooms in the first five months. The then-Vice Chairman of GM Steve Girsky expressed his frustration about the car’s reception in Europe.
Girsky said that all the governments in Europe said that they want electric vehicles but when GM showed up with one, there’s no demand.
For those who don’t know, the Opel Ampera uses a 1.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder gasoline-powered range extender that generates 84 hp that powers a 55 kW generator, but also an electric motor with a peak output of 149 hp (111 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.
Using just the juice from the 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery the Opel Ampera offers a range of 60 km, while helped by the internal combustion engine the range is extended to 500 km. Ampera is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9 seconds, while top speed is limited at 161 km/h.