Opel expands battery centre to cover eCMP models
Opel has upgraded its battery centre at its headquarters in Rüsselsheim. In addition to the Ampera and Ampera-e, the batteries of all Opel models on the eCMP platform (currently the Corsa-e and Mokka-e) and Combo-e, Vivaro-e and Zafira-e Life are now tested and, if necessary, repaired there.
Hamburg police adds Opel Ampera-e to fleet
The Hamburg police have received the first seven of a total of 16 radio patrol cars with electric drive. They are the Opel Ampera-e. According to the police, the electric fleet will be used mainly for traffic surveillance as part of the local presence.
PSA wants GM to compensate for Opel emissions
PSA Group, which paid General Motors 1.3 billion euros for Opel, now wants about half of the money back after discovering Opel’s emission strategy hinged on sales of the Ampera-e mainly, which was finally not included in the sale.
Oslo, Opel Ampera-e, UK, Rheinmetall, Volvo, Asahi Kasei, GLM.
Electric cabs only in Oslo? Norway’s capital may be next to move towards a diesel-free future as Oslo wants to eject all diesel taxis and allow electric ones only, Taxi Times reports. The cleanse could start by 2022 with the city council’s decision due by 2018 and a group for the transformation process been established already. It would be a regional regulation made possible by the Norwegian government’s decision to leave taxi transport rules to municipalities.
taxi-times.com (in German), dagbladet.no (in Norwegian)
Meanwhile, Norwegian civilians are taking deliveries of the Ampera-e aka the Chevy Bolt. Opel chose Norway’s national holiday to serve the first three customers and said there are another 4,000 orders awaiting fulfilment.
Policy pledge on pollution: With the General Election in the UK on the horizon, opposition parties rush to swing voters and thus the Liberal Democrat manifesto promises a ban on sales of diesel cars from 2025. It is part of the party’s Green Transport Act, which also wants to increase electrification.
Rheinmetall enters e-mobility: An order worth 100m dollars has reached mobility and military supplier Rheinmetall, which is to deliver electric motor housings over the next seven years. The commission comes from an unnamed but “globally operating German carmaker” who is to utilise the casings for cars build for the Chinese market. Consequently, production will take place at Rheinmetall’s Chinese subsidiary KPSNC in Shanghai from mid-2018.
Volvo opens order book: The second-gen Volvo XC60 is now available in the USA, where it will hit the shelves this autumn. Prices for the top line T8 Twin Engine with a 400 hp PHEV system start from 52,900 dollars.
Campaign concept vehicle: Japanese Asahi Kasei and GLM have come up with a three-seat electric SUV. The 225 kW concepts builds on GLM’s EV platform but will most likely never roll off a production line. Asahi Kasei rather sees the electric car as a vehicle to presents its materials and tech to OEMs.
Opel Ampera-e, U.S. election.
Video tip: For the first more detailed video test drive of the Opel Ampera-e, Ralf Hannappel, Opel’s Director Electrification Europe, takes the wheel and during the ride, walks us through some of the EV’s details.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Reading tips: Bloomberg believes that the new U.S. government won’t have much influence of EV subsidies, as they are capped at 200,000 units per manufacturer – a mark Tesla won’t reach until 2018. Meanwhile, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers didn’t waste any time asking the new administration to ease emission rules. And looking at who is up for running the U.S. environment ministry, there will certainly be more coal and petrol in the future…
bloomberg.com (subsidies), insideevs.com (emission rules)
Opel Ampera-e, Nissan BladeGlider, batteries.
Video tip I: GM and Opel CEOs Dan Ammann and Karl-Thomas Neumann took the new Ampera-e for a quick spin. Naturally, – and not staged at all – they are excited about the amount of torque the new Opel has to offer.
Video tip II: Remember the all-electric Nissan BladeGlider? The three-seated sports car was spotted during the Olympics in Rio. Here is a closer look at the concept car – interviews, drawings and on the road images included.
youtube.com via technologicvehicles.com
Reading tip: Richard Martin explains why battery performance has still not increased significantly. In a nutshell: innovative start-up often don’t have the cash to set up production, while established players are not as interested in a new chemical make up, as they are in improving Li-ion technology.
Opel Ampera-e, Tesla.
Video tip I: The upcoming and still disguised Opel Ampera-e was caught on camera. This time, it was not the paparazzi who got to be so lucky. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann himself is behind the wheel, advertising the new model and his brand.
Video tip II: The new unofficial Tesla ad is made in Germany. Alumni of Munich’s University for Television and Film produced the spot called “Silence.” Roll film.
youtube.com via insideevs.com