The future of cars is undoubtedly electric, but price is still a barrier to entry for many.
General Motors has confirmed plans to build an “affordable” electric car, set for production in 2017.
The vehicle will be a five-seater, and will be manufactured by Opel, the company’s European division.
It’s set to be named the Ampera-e, and will be very similar to the existing Chevrolet Bolt, currently pegged for the USA.
The announcement – first reported by Reuters – was made by GM CEO Mary Barra, who said:
“Like its twin, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Ampera-e promises to transform the electric vehicle market in Europe as the first EV that combines long range at an affordable price.”
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According to the report, the Ampera-e will offer “a greater electric range than the vast majority of electric vehicles currently available in Europe”.
GM also noted that pricing details would be provided at a later date.
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