Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be killed off in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe.

The car was a relative hit back in 2012, when it was named the European Car Of The Year and sales topped 5,200 units. Compared to 2012 numbers, which were good, Ampera sales dropped 40 percent to fewer than 3,200 in 2013 despite a massive price cut. They are down another 67 percent so far in 2014 and the car has sold just 332 units through the end of May. That's why, according to ANE, the Ampera will be discontinued once Chevy introduces the 2016 Volt in late 2015 (we've got spy shots here). The current Volt and the the Ampera are identical except for the front fascia, and it doesn't make sense to rebadge the new Volt for Opel if they're not even selling a thousand copies per year.

As far as an official word on the company's plans, Opel's Andrew Marshall told AutoblogGreen that the only thing the company is saying right now is that, "We do not comment on potential future product plans." That's vague, sure, but it's also not a resounding vote of confidence for the European Volt. Of course, GM's manager of Electrification Technology Communications, Kevin Kelly, told AutoblogGreen the same thing about the Volt's future when we asked about it based on the Ampera rumors, so we should probably just admit that no one's saying anything official about anything just yet.


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      Larry Litmanen
      • 2 Hours Ago
      What about non ending law suits?
      Pancakes
      • 2 Hours Ago
      EV are still too costly fo r the average consumer. Sure there are people who can afford an EV, but they're still overpriced like crazy.
      Alex Ingram
      • 2 Hours Ago
      The only remotely interesting Vauxhall that is on sale in the UK, and I have seen literally no advertising for it at all. If it hasn't been a sucess, they only have themselves to blame for not making the effort.
        Vassilis Alex
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Alex Ingram
        There are quite a few interesting Vauxhalls out there. Astra GTC and OPC, Insignia, Adam and Zafira. Almost the whole range more or less.
      Chris
      • 2 Hours Ago
      I would love to get this in the states, as I like the face better than the Volts
        thecommentator2013
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Chris
        @Chris Not in my lifetime. I so detest this angry panda look of the Ampera...disgusting...the Volt's front fascia is far more balanced.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Oh no, it's not! They are both dirty manly rings. I would much rather kiss a women ring if that's what I must do. ISI'S is that like Wonder Woman or something. lol. What? We are producing more oil than we have in a long time here in the USA. Oops, oh yea, that is all being exported out of the country to line the one percenters pockets. Never mind. Yes, the prince sneezes and all oil prices rise. That is why Bush junior and Mr Obama had to kiss the ring but they only did it to help the inefficient American public drive their SUV's home from the office at 75 mph to watch American Idle. So it is well worth it. I believe all the presidents keep lots of mouthwash on hand for just such events. Office PU's are very popular here and all their drivers vote. Plus the offic PU's and SUV's help make office men feel manly and how can you possibly put a environmental or political price on that.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 2 Hours Ago
      One step forward and two step back Nobody gets too far like that One step forward and two steps back This kind of dance can never last --------------------------- But on a less lyrical note, GM is just one step closer to dying. When that company will file for bankruptcy if you live in NYC area just contact me and i will buy you a nice craft beer in a local bar. We'll celebrate the correction of 2008 over nice craft brew.
      hemusbull
      • 5 Months Ago
      One more wrong business model from GM which can't be planted in Europe...
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Hours Ago
      There are ZERO cars that actively improve the planet's condition, I.e. help it get more 'green.' Both in terms of construction and operation. Electric cars are better termed a 'slighly less dark shade of brown. ' If it's economically feasible, buy it. If not, you have zero chance to 'save the planet' by purchasing a new automobile. This whole 'green' car myth needs to die.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        No. they are a much better choice. Solar charged battery cars. Get it? That's the future and that is better. Perhaps humankind will destroy itself anyway, but using fossil fuels as we have been will guarantee that.
          May
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          EVs are not much greener than ICEs. It's not only about fuel. Many components are made of rare or toxis materials that come from mines that are devastating for the environment like this: http://www.greatmining.com/mining_images/Mount%20Keith_Nickel_mine.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_2uWQjrrbKs4/TESt1-lYNpI/AAAAAAAAAeY/2Dhcv8_QXAc/s1600/bingham_canyon.jpg Than the ore is processed in many steps around the world until it became car's batteries or other electronics. These are very wasteful, power consuming processes with dirty transport in the middle.
          Neez
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I don't think you get his point. There is no such thing as making an already beautiful earth "greener". Electric cars are only 99% recyclable, if people do go to great length to recycle the materials, many of which aren't recycled. Essentially, every car you make still makes the earth worse. Also, electricity is still 50-80% from fossil fuels depending on who you ask. Much of that power is lost as heat in electrical lines. So efficiencies still aren't perfect. You still have a carbon footprint even with the Tesla.
          DarylMc
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          Neez I often wonder about transmission losses. Companies in my country have put forward some figures. Actually they are probably worse than many other countries due to the large distances here. They claim 10% transmission losses. http://www.originenergy.com.au/4223/How-electricity-gets-to-you If you were to look around that energy company site I think you would see that the point they are trying to make is that we can't do without fossil fuel powered electricity and solar power buggers it up for them. I firmly believe that dirty fossil fuel energy needs to wear the cost of the inconvenience of cleaner energy sources and that it is up to the fossil fuel energy providers to sort out that problem. It's not going to make for cheaper energy but who would ever imagine that clean energy would.
          Spec
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          An electric car is not greener than no car. But it is much greener than a convention ICE car. 50 to 20% non fossil fuel generate electricity is better than 100% fossil fuel cars . . . especial when you consider the efficiency of power plants compared to ICE cars. And the % of electricity from renewable energy is increasing rapidly. Most new electricity generation capacity being installed in the USA is non fossil fuel based. (Solar PV, wind turbines, hydropower, nuclear, solar thermal, geothermal, etc.)
          Neez
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I don't think you get his point. There is no such thing as making an already beautiful earth "greener". Electric cars are only 99% recyclable, if people do go to great length to recycle the materials, many of which aren't recycled. Essentially, every car you make still makes the earth worse. Also, electricity is still 50-80% from fossil fuels depending on who you ask. Much of that power is lost as heat in electrical lines. So efficiencies still aren't perfect. You still have a carbon footprint even with the Tesla.
          Neez
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          I don't think you get his point. There is no such thing as making an already beautiful earth "greener". Electric cars are only 99% recyclable, if people do go to great length to recycle the materials, many of which aren't recycled. Essentially, every car you make still makes the earth worse. Also, electricity is still 50-80% from fossil fuels depending on who you ask. Much of that power is lost as heat in electrical lines. So efficiencies still aren't perfect. You still have a carbon footprint even with the Tesla.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Hours Ago
      I'd like to see a comparison of the european totals on PHEVs and EVs by model and manufacturer for 2012, 2013, and 2014. I suspect there are more models available now than in 2012 and 2013 and perhaps with better value. Maybe even built in Europe, which could factor into the Ampera sales. I also suspect that total EV and PHEV sales are up, not down, which supports my first contention. Perhaps the competition is stiffer.
        Michael Scoffield
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Actually there are less. Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, and many others dropped their entire range of EV after experiencing abysmal sales in Europe.
          offib
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @Michael Scoffield
          Entire range of EVs? Where did you pull that one out of? Mitsubishi put the i-MiEV (also the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn) in hiatus for 2 years. It has just returned to production, as you may have not heard, at a lower price, starting at €20,000 in the Netherlands, a decrease of over €8,000. It's the only EU country that has released the i-MiEVs price reduction. The PSA wfor a while has been on the fence on deciding if it would want to carry on rebadging the car. Renault only discontinued the Fluence Z.E, a misereable fleet car as a petrol and diesel, and a highly disadvantaged EV because it was not enginnered to be an EV. Due to increased length and reduced cargo capacity because it was built solely for the now defunct BetterPlace which had its own flaws. It's already an old car with very little compatibility and flexibility compared to many of today's EVs, or EVs 3 years ago for that matter. I'd like to know where you got the idea of how Renault, the partner of Nissan, dropping "their entire range of EVs". I don't remember the Zoe, Twizy or Kangoo being pulled from production last week. I'd like to see what other examples fit into the "many others" that dropped their EV programs. It sounds like you might not.
      Really
      • 5 Months Ago
      They have diesel why do they need EV? Makes sense!
        danwat1234
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Really
        The thermal efficiency of a diesel isn't any more than 50% at best, EVs are at about 80%, and the energy used to gather the energy to power them is less than diesel, and as the grid becomes cleaner, the EVs will automatically become cleaner. Triple win
          May
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @danwat1234
          Charging efficiency is much lower plusproducint the energy is very wasteful. EVs are not that efficient. Plus thay're made of rare or toxic metals
          Technoir
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @danwat1234
          May You are a blabbering idiot.
          flychinook
          • 2 Hours Ago
          @danwat1234
          The EV will be cleaner, but not more economical. Just for comparison's sake, VW's UK site shows a VW Polo TDI can be had for 15,300 GBP, and touts 83mpg. A Vauxhall Ampera, on the other hand, costs 28,750 GBP, nearly twice as much. It will take a whole lot of EV miles to make up that difference.
      v6sonoma
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Volt is a great car and everyone that has it seems to really love it but it's still a bit pricey yet. Hopefully when the next gen comes about the price will continue to decline while the range and capabilities increases.
        kinasi
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @v6sonoma
        "a bit" being an understatement, it's basically a 40% premium for EV right now, even with all the subsidies, unless prices for batteries come down, I don't see EV taking off any time soon
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Luc K, Norway, the Netherlands, Dweden, Denmark, Spain, France, and the UK, all have superior incentives for EV's than the US, which offers a tax credit not a rebate.
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