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    Opel CEO Talks Up New EV


    • Opel CEO Says Ampera Is Heading Out, But A New EV Will Take Its Place

    Earlier this week, we reported on the rumor that the Opel Ampera was to go away once the next-generation Chevrolet Volt was introduced. Well it seems to be true. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann tweeted that the Ampera is on its way out. But another electric vehicle will take it place in the future.

    "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," Neumann said on twitter.

    So what could this new EV be? Autoblog Green speculates it will not be the Chevrolet Spark EV, but something completely different. Stay tuned.

    Source: Autoblog Green

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached atwilliam.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    I hope so too.  It is well past time GM shift straight into a pure EV to compete against Tesla rather than the Volt/ELR/Ampera set.  An EV would be simpler to build and maintain than any hybrid.

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    I hope so too.  It is well past time GM shift straight into a pure EV to compete against Tesla rather than the Volt/ELR/Ampera set.  An EV would be simpler to build and maintain than any hybrid.

    I actually wish they would take the Tesla style of 200 mile range and keep a generator so that you get a decent 400-600 mile range out of the auto or longer. That would really help move people away from traditional gas only powered auto's.

     

    I believe the VOLT powertrain would be best used in CUV/SUV applications.

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    I wish the CAFE standards were canned and drill baby drill. Nothing beats gasoline, for energy output . Electric isn't bad by itself but to drive out V8's because of stupid global warming fallacies is mind blowing. more  smaller cars mean more dead people. I hate small cars and prefer high performance large sedans & coupes.

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    The facts behind global climate change aren't even up for debate anymore.  Just because you can find a couple Exxon sponsored scientists who will attempt to refute the facts doesn't make the other 98% of scientists wrong.

     

    Small cars can be made safe, the Chevy Sonic and Buick Encore are two that I can think of off the top of my head that have excellent crash test results.

     

    BTW, the fastest land vehicles in the world are electric and a Telsa Roadster can walk away from an Audi R8 like it's standing still.

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