A previously uncertain future for Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port UK manufacturing factory has found new life in producing battery electric vehicles. This electric conversion comes off a recent announcement from parent company Stellantis promising a £100 million investment with the aid of the British government. By the end of 2022, the revamped factory will produce both passenger and commercial electric vans for Vauxhall, Opel, Citroën, and Peugeot.
Opel Stories July 6
Opel Stories December 3, 2020
It’s happened yet again: Another EV sold out before it launched. This time, it’s the upcoming Opel Mokka-e that is sold out in Europe, even though the car won’t hit the road until next March. Opel says they were “totally surprised” by the demand and were expecting a “high-four-digit” number of sales next year.
Opel is not the first company to experience this. GM, Ford, Porsche, VW, and others have all had a hard time meeting initial demand for their vehicles, or sold them out well in advance of launch. So if this keeps happening, what’s it going to take to convince manufacturers that consumers want electric cars?
Opel Stories October 8, 2019
After unveiling the all-electric version of its highly popular Corsa car earlier this year, Opel has now confirmed that it’s bringing its first own electric car to production in “early 2020.” expand full story
Opel Stories May 23, 2019
Opel has introduced the first all-electric version of its Corsa with the new Corsa-e.
Opel Stories December 19, 2018
Opel announced its electrification plan last year and it will involve “4 electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) by 2020 and a complete electrification of its lineup by 2024.”
Now they also want to get involved in EV infrastructure as they announce that they want to turn their hometown of Rüsselsheim into ‘Electric City’ with 1,300 charging stations. expand full story
Opel Stories August 23, 2018
Earlier this year, Opel announced plans to build its own electric cars as its Chevy Bolt EV deal with GM isn’t working out.
Now the European automaker is unveiling a stunning new all-electric concept, which the company says ‘stands for electrification of all Opel models by 2024’. expand full story
Opel Stories February 15, 2018
The Chevy Bolt EV came to Europe as the Opel Ampera E around the same time that GM sold its European operation to PSA.
The change affected the rollout of the electric vehicle in Europe, but Opel announced this week that it is bringing an electric Corsa, which is in the same segment as the Ampera E, to market. expand full story
Opel Stories November 9, 2017
Around the time GM sold Opel and all its European operations to the PSA Group, then Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann floated the idea of the brand going all-electric.
Currently, Opel’s only EV is the Chevy Bolt EV, which is sold as the Ampera E, but now the company announces that it is expanding its lineup to have 4 electric vehicles (BEVs and PHEVs) by 2020 and a complete electrification of its lineup by 2024. expand full story
Opel Stories February 16, 2017
Things are moving fast these days at Opel, GM’s European brand. Both GM and the PSA Group, Peugeot-Citroën, have confirmed that they are in talks to further their collaboration and that it could lead to the sale of Opel to PSA.
At the same time, the company’s top management has been working on a strategy to completely transition the brand to only sell all-electric vehicles. expand full story
Opel Stories February 16, 2016
Last week we reported on GM CEO Mary Barra announcing that the company’s European brand Opel will launch a version of the all-electric Bolt in Europe. Now we learn through a report from a German magazine (via Auto News) that the European version of the Bolt, the Opel Ampera-e, will be built alongside the Bolt in the US. expand full story