Opel Chief Executive Officer Nick Reilly has unloaded a sweeping new business plan that includes plenty of interesting little tidbits for green car aficionados. Of course we already know about the 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the European version of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but Reilly says that there will be another extended-range electric vehicle in addition to the Ampera.
Opel E Flex
When GM launched Chevy Volt concept last year, officials explained why they badged the car as a Chevrolet. The Volt was intended to be a mass market car that would be affordably priced and widely available. Chevrolet is a global brand for GM and the company wanted to make it clear that the E-Flex technology would be available everywhere. Unfortunately, while the long-term plan is for E-Flex to be widely available and affordable, at launch it will be anything but. With Chevrolet being a budget pr
Following his speech to the Commonwealth Club a few days ago, GM CEO Rick Wagoner apparently told reporters that a second E-Flex platform vehicle was also under development at the company's Warren MI technical center alongside the Chevy Volt. This second ER-EV is destined for the Opel (and presumably Saturn) brand. Following the debut of the Volt in January 2007, GM has shown two other E-Flex concepts, the Opel/Saturn Flextreme and the Cadillac Provoq. The Provoq is expected to make the producti
As the days before the Frankfurt Motor Show drop away, more bits of of news are appearing about the cars that will appear there including the Opel-badged E-Flex concept from GM. We already know the new car will have a different body style from the Chevy Volt that's been generating interest since January. The gas/E85 range extender will also be replaced by a diesel, possibly of 1.3L capacity.
Another of Opel's premieres at the Frankfurt Motor Show will be their own take on the E-Flex architecture. The power-train will be similar to the Volt but with a small diesel engine taking the place of the gas/E85 range extender. The Opel-badged vehicle will have a different body style from the Volt and now we the first clue as to at least what the shape will be. Bloomberg reported today that GM may build 60,000 Volts in the first year and it seems likely that if they do build that many, it will