Kez Casey | Feb 12, 2016

Announced ahead of its 2017 on-sale date, the Opel Ampera-e is set to become the first fully electric vehicle offered by General Motors’ European division.

If the Ampera-e looks familiar to you, that’s because apart from the unique grille inserts and Opel badging, the Ampera-e is carbon-copy of the Chevrolet Bolt revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.

Full details of the Ampera-e are yet to be revealed, but if the Opel version matches the Chevrolet Bolt, a 320km range from a single charge can be expected.

Opel describes the Ampera-e’s range as longer than most electric cars and also promises the Ampera-e will be “attractively priced”, but stopped short of offering a pricetag until closer to the new model’s launch.

Thanks to a battery pack mounted flat beneath the floor, the Ampera-e will offer seating for five and boot-space comparable to similarly sized petrol (and diesel) powered cars.

Although no official announcement has yet been made, the Ampera-e is expected to be joined by a new version of the Ampera PHEV, to be based off the Chevrolet Volt.

GM’s confusingly similar names for both the Chevrolet and Opel variants looks to be a move to stir recognition for the automaker’s electric cars - here’s hoping that buyers see it the same way and understand the differences between the two.

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