The Opel Ampera extended-range plug-in is the best selling EV in Europe with a market share of more than 20 percent in May, according to GM. The Ampera is the mechanically similar European cousin of the Chevrolet Volt, a car that has struggled to gain traction here in the U.S. In the Netherlands, Opel Ampera sales in May comprised more than 77 percent of the passenger EV market, and more than 50 percent year-to-date, thanks largely to government incentives. The Ampera is also the best-selling EV in Germany and Switzerland, with more than a third of the German market and 44 percent of the Swiss market.
As we previously reported, the Ampera was on track to meet its goal of selling 10,000 units in 2012 this past April, owing partly to high fuel costs in Europe and sizeable interest from fleet and commercial buyers. At the time of that report, 60 percent of all Ampera sales were to fleet and commercial customers.
Opel also noted that the Ampera has won more than 50 national and international prizes and meets the most stringent European safety standards.
“We are proud that we are the number one in Europe,” said Opel’s e-mobility launch director Enno Fuchs in a release. “Our sales data and customer feedback confirms that we are definitely on the right track with the Ampera.”
The automaker didn’t provide any details regarding the Ampera’s European-market competition, but if both extended-range plug-in EVs and all-electric EVs are considered, the Nissan Leaf should be included in that tally. However GM decided to crunch the numbers, we hope the competitors make more sense than those it picked to boast about Chevy Corvette and Camaro sales versus competition including the Honda CR-Z, Hyundai Veloster, and BMW 6 Series.