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The Opel Ampera is the Chevy Volt You’ve Never Heard Of

By now, you surely know about the Chevy Volt, which is a plug-in hybrid car that’s designed to save the planet and all of the hopeless souls who inhabit it, including you. What you may not know is that they sell the Chevy Volt in Europe as the Opel Ampera.

Yes, it’s true. The car you know and love as the Chevy Volt is marketed overseas as the Opel Ampera, and the picture above shows one I saw last week in Amsterdam. It looks pretty much identical to the Volt, and you approach it thinking you’re looking at a Volt, except there are a few minor changes to exterior trim and the wheels.

I’m not sure why General Motors decided to rename the Volt (wouldn’t “Opel Volt” be kind of cool?), but apparently it didn’t last long: the Ampera was only the first-generation Chevy Volt. The latest Chevy Volt doesn’t appear to be coming to Europe, as an Opel or anything else. Instead, Europeans will get the Opel Ampera-E, which is the Chevy Bolt. So the first-generation Volt was sold in Europe as the first-generation Ampera, and the first-generation Bolt is sold in Europe as the second-generation Ampera (dash-E).

Now, I admit that all this information isn’t especially important to basically anyone, except for a few car enthusiasts who will remember it and then dazzle other, lesser car enthusiasts with their knowledge. But just in case that sounds like you, well, now you know: When you see a first-generation Volt on the street, you can tell people it’s also the Opel Ampera. And when you see a Bolt, you can tell them it’s the Ampera-E. And they won’t care at all. Find a used Chevrolet Volt for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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