Report: Opel Ampera-e Will Be Built in United States
It was announced last week that the 2017 Chevy Bolt would be making the long trek across the Atlantic to become the Opel Ampera-e in Europe. Turns out, that trek will be quite a literal one, as a report released in a German magazine this week revealed that the Ampera-e will be built in America and exported to Europe.
The rumor, which was reported by Automotive News today, comes from Germany’s Automobil Produktion. The Ampera-e will allegedly be built alongside the Bolt at the GM Orion facility, putting the Opel and Chevy side-by-side.
While the move makes enough sense that it almost certainly must be true, neither Opel nor GM CEO Mary Barra commented in the affirmative regarding the story.
The Bolt/Ampera-e will enter production at the end of 2016 and is expected to cost under $30,000 after federal tax credits kick in. It is anticipated that the Bolt/Ampera-e will return a 200-mile electric driving range. More details on both are expected to be released closer to release.
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