Perhaps the confidence was overstated. Opel/Vauxhall now says it will not offer an electric version of its upcoming, entry-level Junior minicar.

The electric minicar program, referred to internally as Junior BEV S-04404, has been axed due to "excessively high" costs, according to documents obtained by Automotive News Europe. This decision means that Opel/Vauxhall will not have a battery-powered mini to complete with electric rivals, including the Peugeot iOn, Citroen C-Zero and the upcoming Volkswagen E-Up!

Opel confirmed to Automotive News Europe that the electric Junior has been taken out of the automaker's future production schedule:
We will launch a pure battery electric vehicle, but we will postpone the electric Junior until further notice. At the same time, we will analyze the market opportunities for pure battery electric vehicles very carefully.
So, until further notice, the electric Junior is no more.


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      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news, keep the practical awesome Vauxhall Astra diesels that folk want rolling back into big profits. Preserve the cash for EV's when European economy picks up, Whenever that will be?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Why do you bother coming on a green car blog?
          • 3 Years Ago
          Marco Polo is SPOT ON. Rationality serves you well. May it pervade the EV community.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 3 Years Ago
          Jelly is what is what his brain is what his brain has become from breathing to many exhaust fumes. Of course Opel canceled it, they are a branch of GM don't you know. However they did get some good green washing advertisement in the mean time. In other news Mercedes, VW and Ford will be canceling there EV programs. They all suck really bad compared to Nissan/Renault anyway.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David, EVsuperhero. Although, Jelly is annoying, he maybe onto something. Opel is a very profit conscious division of GM. Opel/Vauxhall came close in 2009 to being hived off and sold, by a bankrupt and demoralised GM. In fact negotiations were well advanced, and GM had agreed on a price with a potential buyer, when Ric Wagoner was replaced. New GM decided Opel was profitable enough to stay since the Australian division of GM, GM Holden could participate in the Cruze development. We all cheer for automakers who produce EV's and advanced plug-in Hybrids. But the numbers produced and sold without corporate or government subsidies are very small. So small, that it deters marginally profitable automakers from taking the investment plunge. Automakers look at the mainstream buyer, not the readers of ABG to determine whether or not a vehicle is profitable to mass-manufacture. Readers of ABG, tend to be unrealistic in demanding Automakers base decisions on ideology, rather than commercial reality. The scale of investment is huge, and the risk is enormous. (always easier when it not your money). Renault support and finance permitted Nissan's restructure. Renault can only afford the Nissan venture, due to the benefit of having a shareholder with the power to subtly assist Renault in many ways against competition. Although the US government provided bail out funds to GM and Chrysler, it's has not provided the level of support France provided Renault/Nissan. Just forming a cheer squad, and labelling automakers as evil or somehow conspiratorial, is really unproductive. Mercedes is still backing hydrogen, as do many ABG readers. Rightly or wrongly, this is a choice for Mercedes and it's shareholders, nobody else! The sort of institutional investor that Automakers desperately need to provide funds for R&D and are hesitant to commit funds for auto-manufacture investment in the current economic climate. Most ABG readers ignored, or didn't grasp the importance, of the article concerning Virents new bio-gasoline process. But the investment media did not. The investment community saw a viable rival technology to EV progress, and will hesitate while waiting to see future developments. Many ABG readers have a good engineering knowledge, others are environmentally active, but few understand that large scale manufacture, has very little to do with technology, and everything to do with the ability of the technology to capture investment capital. Opel, can afford to let Toyota, Renault/Nissan. Mitsubishi, etc make the running and pre-condition the EV market. The buying public are fickle, especially in the economy market segment. When Opel do release a small EV, the buyers will assess it afresh.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        you think the economy will pick up when oil prices shoot up because of thoughtless reliance on a dwindling resource.. is that what's happening now? or perhaps the opposite
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Because l am very green and l come from mars