Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke has announced plans to launch an Opel Junior / Allegra EV in mid-2013.

GM might have the World Green Car of the Year, but the company is losing the PR war with the Nissan Leaf. In order to fix that, and fend off a barrage of upcoming EVs, the company has announced plans to introduce an electric-only version of the Opel Junior / Allegra.

Speaking with Welt, Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke revealed the model will be launched in mid-2013. He declined to provide additional information, but stated the company has an advantage against its German rivals because they have already logged 4,000 pre-orders for the Ampera.

As for the Junior itself, little is known about the compact city car. Our spy photographers have previously caught a Corsa-based development mule, but the production model is rumored to resemble a "baby Astra GTC." Regardless, the car will battle the Citroën DS3 so we can expect it to be highly-customizable and feature a high quality interior.