Opel Developing Karl EV for 2018

European-based Opel will be creating an electrified version of its new compact car, which will replace the automaker’s current plug-in electric hybrid.

Since last April, Opel representatives have talked about adding a new battery electric vehicle (BEV) to its lineup but have given few details. According to a German Magazine, the upcoming BEV will be adapted from Opel’s just-released KARL and should be available by the end of 2018. The subsidiary of General Motors hasn’t made an official announcement yet, leaving most specifics ambiguous. The KARL EV is expected to have an estimated range of 150 km (93 miles).

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The gasoline-powered KARL, pictured above, is a compact hatchback that will go on sale in European markets later this year with a base price under 10,000 euros ($11,272). Opel will officially debut the car at Geneva’s Motor Show in March.

Opel announced six months ago that it would phase out its plug-in hybrid Ampera and replace it with a new EV. Despite consumer praise for Ampera’s styling and encouragement from European governments for more EVs, the Ampera has struggled to maintain sales since its 2012 launch. Sales for the Ampera, which is based on the Chevrolet Volt, dropped by more than 50-percent in last year, with only 934 sales across Europe.

 

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