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Now I see why GM designed the Bolt with a D-pillar that looks like an Opel -- this European version must have been in the cards from the beginning.

The new Opel/Vauxhall Ampera-e




Opel will launch a revolutionary new battery electric car in 2017, as the German brand continues the biggest, most far-reaching model offensive in its history with 29 new models between 2016 and 2020. The new five-door, five seat will be called "Ampera-e". It will not only have a longer range on a full charge than most electric cars, it will also be affordably priced. Building on the electrification expertise established with the original Ampera, which set the benchmark for modern electric cars in 2011, the new Ampera-e combines innovative electric-mobility with state-of-the-art connectivity and exciting driving dynamics.

Announcing the Opel Ampera-e at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said: "GM and Opel have always been convinced that electric cars will play a defining role in future mobility. The game-changing technology of the Ampera-e is a significant step toward realizing that vision. Our new battery electric car is also another boost for Opel's reputation for making innovative engineering widely accessible."

Trends like urbanization and protecting the environment also call for new kinds of mobility and alternative propulsion systems. "Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction", says Opel group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range."

The unique, compact proportions of the Ampera-e are driven by the battery pack being mounted flat, under the vehicle floor. The efficient packaging of the battery also enables a roomy interior providing comfortable seating for five passengers and trunk space comparable with that of a car in the compact class.

The Opel Ampera-e will also offer the award-winning personal connectivity and service assistant, Opel OnStar and connectivity and infotainment technologies that will integrate smartphones and other electronic devices seamlessly into the vehicle.
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Thankfully the Bolt's front end looks the way it does. Don't like how the lower grille looks with that bar the plate is mounted on.

Much rather find somewhere on the front end I can mount a license plate like a tow hook license plate holder.

Although design is a small factor, just had to point it out here.
 

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Thankfully the Bolt's front end looks the way it does. Don't like how the lower grille looks with that bar the plate is mounted on.

Much rather find somewhere on the front end I can mount a license plate like a tow hook license plate holder.

Although design is a small factor, just had to point it out here.
You can avoid that front plate by moving where it isn't needed, like down here in Puerto Rico (only rear plate is required).;)
 

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Thankfully the Bolt's front end looks the way it does. Don't like how the lower grille looks with that bar the plate is mounted on.

Much rather find somewhere on the front end I can mount a license plate like a tow hook license plate holder.

Although design is a small factor, just had to point it out here.
You can avoid that front plate by moving where it isn't needed, like down here in Puerto Rico (only rear plate is required).;)

Anyway, Opel has a very strong relationship with Buick (I drove a Opel Kadette in 1972) and the present Buick Regal is made by Opel, so if the Chevy Bolt EV has a Opel badging, then we will se a Buick badging after.
 
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