General Motors of Europe is planning more extended-range electric-vehicles for the continent, including models that will be positioned above and below the new Opel/Vauxhall Ampera. According to Opel/Vauxhall boss Nick Reilly, each model will have its own distinct style with hints from the Flextreme GT/E Concept that was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
The new models will be based on the next-generation Corsa platform and the Insignia’s Epsilon platform. However, modifications will be made to accommodate the E-REV drivetrain for each car.
As for the Opel/Vauxall Ampera, Reilly says that sales are scheduled to begin during the summer of 2011. He said that Opel already has several sizable orders from European governments and fleets, enough to sell the 2011 allocation.
Will any of the European electric-vehicles influence GM to add additional EREVs in the U.S.? We’re leaning towards yes but Detroit has yet to confirm anything. You’ll have to enjoy looking at the Chevrolet Volt for now.
Opel Flextreme GT/E Concept:
– By: Kap Shah
Source: Inside Line