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The Opel Ampera-e can now be ordered in Norway, where it will become available this spring, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. The EV is listed for the equivalent of 32,300 euros, though the price won’t translate to other markets. With the exception of Norway, where every Opel dealer will offer the Ampera-e, the car will only be sold at select locations, while the number available is also limited. In the U.S. the first three Chevy Bolt have now been delivered to customers in San Francisco.
carscoops.com, opel.com (Opel), insideevs.com (Bolt)
Zoe gets CCS: Eric Feunteun, head of emobility at Renault, confirmed to French Autoactu that the Zoe will be equipped with a CCS inlet by 2019. Whether the current generation Renault Zoe can support 150 kW is not clear but likely, since Renault is expected to use the same battery technology in models to come.
autoactu.com (in French), insideevs.com
Honda electrifies: The Japanese want to offer plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars in its small car segment by 2020, Autocar reports, quoting Honda’s head of sales Jean Marc Streng. The Honda Jazz could be one of the first models to be fitted with an electric drivetrain.
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Change of personnel: Gilles Normad will become Senior Vice-President Electric Vehicles at Renault from January 1st. Normad previously headed the automaker’s Asia/Pacific region, focusing on the expansion into China. The French are now gearing up for a surge in EVs and also hired a chief engineer for electric drivetrains.
Musk to advise Trump: The Tesla CEO, as well as Uber boss Travis Kalanick have joined Donald Trump’s advisory council called Strategic and Policy Forum. Though Musk was most likely asked to join the team not for him pushing electric cars, but his company SpaceX.
Kia Niro Hybrid reviewed: It’s a good car for those who don’t like the futuristic lines of the Toyota Prius, but essentially, the latter is the better hybrid, Auto Express finds. Though unlike the Japanese, Kia uses lithium-ion polymer technology, doubling its battery’s energy density and cutting down weight.