German media is reporting the Opel Ampera-e is going to be assembled in United States at the same facility where Chevy will make the Bolt.
Opel unveiled the all-electric Ampera-e hatchback last week and said the model is scheduled to go on sale in 2017. Taking into account it’s essentially a rebadged version of the 2017 Chevy Bolt, it’s no wonder a report coming from Automobil Produktion states the two cars will share the same assembly line at GM’s Orion factory near Detroit.
Contacted by Automotive News Europe, representatives of Opel refused to comment about the report, but there’s a high probability the rumor is true since it would make sense from a logistical point of view.
The two cars will share a 200-hp electric motor generating an instant torque of 266 pound-feet (360 newton meters) and working together with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. Chevy is quoting a maximum range of more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in less than seven seconds before topping out at 91 mph (146 kph).
As a final note, Opel is also about to get a rebadged version of the 2016 Chevy Volt due to go on sale in 2017 as the second-generation Ampera. It's not known at this point whether the Ampera duo will receive a Vauxhall-badged right-hand drive version for the UK.