Opel does not launch the Ampera-e in Spain up to the year 2018

Opel Ampera-e

The Opel Ampera-and it will not come to Spain until the year 2018. Opel delayed its launch in the Spanish market.

Presented to the world at the recent Paris motor show 2016, the new Opel Ampera-e is called to play a relevant role in the coming years within the segment of the electric vehicle. autonomy above 500 miles according to Opel next to your engine that throws 204 HP and 360 Nm of torque will allow this power to do the recovery from 80 to 120 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

With all these data, there are many who are waiting with anticipation the launch of the Opel Ampera-e in Spain. However, we bring to you bad news. If Opel commented that will arrive at dealers european next year 2017, note only do it in certain markets where the electric car has a great demand. Norway and the Netherlands will be two of the countries which will enjoy the new Opel electric starting next year.

The Opel Ampera-and it will not come to Spain until 2018

¿And in Spain? As the brand has decided not to market it in our country until 2018. There are several reasons and factors that have led to Opel has decide to delay the launch of the Ampera-e in Spain (and other european markets) till the year 2018. The poor infrastructure and low enrolment of electric vehicles are the two factors that would not make profitable the economic effort involved to a brand like Opel to promote and, ultimately, to launch a model like the Ampera-and in our country. Although better analyze the situation of the Spanish market in terms of electric mobility.

a lack of infrastructure for the use of the electric vehicle

Comparativa de puntos de recarga de coches eléctricos en España con Noruega y Suecia

Comparison of charging points of electric cars in Spain with Norway and Sweden. Source: electromaps

A picture is worth a thousand words. If we look at the above image we can compare with a quick glance the recharging points for electric cars are available in Spain with respect to which we can find in Norway and part of Sweden. It is evident the difference between our country and Norway. And is practically the city of Oslo (capital of Norway), equals the total number of charging points scattered throughout the Spanish territory.

it Is crucial to improve the current infrastructure for the electric vehicle can continue to expand in Spain. For now, Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia and Valencia concentrate the total of the enrolments of this kind of vehicle in our country. And it is logical, since in such regions concentrate the highest amount of points recharge available in the public. An obvious sign of that, until it does not improve the current infrastructure, we will not see the marks (although there are several exceptions) bet of truth for the electric vehicle in Spain.

To date, there have launched different proposals as the Plan MOVEA with the aim of put on the table aid for the installation of new charging points in public. It is one of the paths to be followed by the rulers of our country to improve and extend the current infrastructure as quickly as possible.

Low volume of registrations

Ventas de coches eléctricos en España - Octubre 2016

Sales of electric cars in Spain in October 2016, by Autonomous community. Source: Anfac.

Although it is evident that we find the “whiting that bites the tail”, the registrations of electric vehicles in Spain will not be able to reach the levels of countries of northern Europe, until the infrastructure is commensurate to the daily needs of the drivers. As what we have discussed above, and is thus, still more than an apparent shortage of charging points available in public places generate a barrier almost insurmountable to the average drivers, which is still opting for a vehicle powered by traditional fuels for convenience.

In the case of the Opel Ampera-e, it is clear that the German firm is with the “perfect storm” to just get return of all the investment made for its launch in our market the next year. Currently, models such as the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe or BMW i3 concentrate the bulk of the sales of electric cars, however, the number of registrations is still very small with respect to our european neighbours.

According to data published by Anfac (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Cars and Trucks) in the period January-October 2016 have enrolled a total of 3.628 units, which translates into a growth of the 51,86% with respect to the same period of last year. But, if we attend to the data of the past month in particular, it remains clear that the electric car does not finish to take off in certain regions, Spanish, and in autonomous communities such as La Rioja, and Extremadura, and are not sold any electric vehicle in October. If we compare the present data with those of previous years, we see that there has been significant growth, although the number of units is still very small.

Opel Ampera-e

The new Opel Ampera-e fixed-a range exceeding 500 kilometers in the cycle NEDC.

on the other hand, and aside from enrolments, it is also evident that aids are available for the purchase of an electric vehicle affect the sales. In the case of Spain, we have the aforementioned Plan MOVEA that, in addition to the mentioned assistance for the installation of a charging point, allowing access to 5,500 euros of subsidy for the direct purchase of an electric.

In other countries such as Norway we have from direct aid to the exemption of payment of the VAT. A few grants that were recently extended until the year 2020. To all this we must add other incentives indirect to the purchase as to be able to have access to bus lanes, free parking and parking areas preferential as well as being able to access a vast number of recharging points in public absolutely free.

As we say, all these elements are combined help to create a cocktail perfect for that since Opel decided to delay the launch of the new Ampera-e in markets where the electric car has a low demand. We’ll have to wait a few more years to finally see the new electric Opel to roll on the Spanish roads.

Opel Ampera-e

it Is unknown the price that you will have the Opel Ampera-e, but the Chevrolet Bolt (his brother american) is for sale in the united States by 37.495$, something more than 35.000€.