The rumored demise of the Opel Ampera has been confirmed, but there's good news, too. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has been busy Tweeting information about the brand's next plug-in vehicle, admitting that the Ampera is on the way out but that plug-in vehicles are here to stay. His Tweets, in full, read:

After the eventual run-out of the current generation Ampera, we'll introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment. Our next electric vehicle will be part of our massive product offensive – with 27 new vehicles in the 2014-2018 time frame. We see eMobility as important part of the mobility of tomorrow and we will continue to drive down costs & deliver affordability.

As we learned earlier this week, the Ampera will not be refreshed when the current Chevy Volt is updated, most likely because of slow sales. Opel sold just 332 Amperas in the first five months of 2014. For now, General Motors is still building Amperas in Michigan for export to Europe.

So, what might this new EV mean for the General Motors plug-in fleet? Official spokespeople are being quiet, but we think it's safe to say the new EV Neumann is talking about is not simply a rebadged Chevy Spark EV. This is the first official word about an entirely new EV, and we expect it will come to both the Chevrolet and Opel brands.


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      brotherkenny4
      • 4 Months Ago
      LGChem recently anounced that it will target batteries for 200 mile EV in the 2016 time frame. LGChem makes the batteries for the Volt and the Spark. I am surprised no one has mentioned that here.
      mike
      • 5 Months Ago
      If I was GM I would take the advice of everyone by building a Volt that has Extended range as a option. Second, GM can make it a Opel/Buick by including upgraded material. As for Cadillac thats a tough pickle. The ELR should of been postpone until the new platform is ready, but I would try burn through the current stock and fast track a refresh.
        Spec
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mike
        Are you saying make a pure EV Volt? If so, I agree.
      neilyadig
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why do you write "Tweeting" and "Tweets" capitalized lol. Makes it look as though you are new to the innerweb.
        Viktor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        Actually you must be the new one. Twitter reps said they want people to capitalize any word derived from their name, including "to Tweet."
        Jim
        • 5 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        I think you mean "The World Wide Web", young man....
      Dave
      • 5 Months Ago
      looks like a Prius
        Brodz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Dave
        Looks worse. Whoever thought all that black plastic under the windows looked good?
      David Peilow
      • 4 Months Ago
      My money is on the replacement having LESS electric range. Opel executives said that is what they wanted to compete on price last year. Obviously they haven't seen the i3.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      Build a Volt that actually looks good, like a normal car and not a dorky spaceship. Maybe it will sell better.
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        The ELR looks good. Take a few cues from it for the new Volt/Ampera. I'm glad to hear they are bringing the Spark EV to Europe. That is hardly the 200 mile EV they were promising 9 months ago though.
          aatbloke1967
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Spec - festooned with what, exactly?
          Spec
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Meh. The ELR looks like a typical bulky and festooned Cadillac. If you like Caddies then I guess it is nice but they have never appealed to me.
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          I had my local Chevy salesperson bring one by my work to try and convince me to buy it. It is very nice in person. I agree that it is a little gaudy for my tastes but the shape is much better than the Volt. Generally the Chevy look is bland and basic car with no character at all. GM needs to start pushing the envelope a bit and come up with a new design language.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      With those massive buggy headlamps, indeed! I've been saying since it came out, it looks like an INSECT!!!
      Julius
      • 5 Months Ago
      Interesting that ABG doesn't have the new comment system yet. Regardless, here's hoping they make an EV better than the already well-reviewed Spark.
        Koenigsegg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Julius
        spark is ugly!
        Spec
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Julius
        Yeah, the Spark EV is pretty awesome for a small low volume EV. I look forward to more EVs from GM. And the new comment system seems worse than this one.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      I prefer this commenting system to the one on the main AB site.
        montoym
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        I'd like to have the option to view old posts again. I'm not really a fan of the either/or, New/Best options. I prefer to read comments int eh order they were posted, not the opposite and I could also car less what other people think of all the other comments. The commenting system definitely needed updates, but just like last time, they seemed to have once again managed to make it even worse :-(
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      Spark = INSECT
      neilyadig
      • 5 Months Ago
      Also cross-posted Autoblog Green articles on autoblog.com do not have a link to the comments
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