Opel Ampera-e Might Be Built In U.S.

Opel will reportedly assemble its full-electric car, the Ampera-e, in the United States, alongside its sibling, the Chevrolet Bolt.

According to AutoNews, quoting German media, the two identical cars will be produced at General Motor’s Orion facility, near Detroit, where the manufacturer builds the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano since 2011.

If the report turns out to be true, then production of the new Opel Ampera-e should start in 2017, when it will arrive at dealerships across the Old Continent.

Full details on the “green” car are unknown so far, but its North American twin, the Chevy Bolt, has 200hp (203PS) and 360Nm (266lb-ft) of torque, from its electric motor, allowing it to reach 100km/h (62mph) in roughly 7 seconds and a limited top speed of 145km/h (91mph).

Opel’s model will sport a new front fascia closely related to other vehicles in the company’s lineup, while the side profile and rear end will be almost identical to the Bolt.

The OnStar service assistant and smartphone connectivity will greet the driver inside, where the car will sit up to five people and carry their luggage in a trunk space comparable to that of a car in the compact segment.

The Chevy Bolt has a starting price of $37,500 (€33,275 equivalent) in the US, before government rebates, so its European sibling will probably be more expensive.