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GM set to electrify Paris with Ampera-e debut

This Chevrolet-in-Opel's-clothing finally gets its own grand entrance.

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The Eiffel Tower lets you know it'll be in France. Or something.


The big joke about Chevrolet's all-electric Bolt is that it sounds way too similar to the brand's other green offering, the Volt. Its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera-e, suffers from the same problem, as its name is quite close to the Ampera, which is the Euro version of the Volt. Expect more than a few snickers as it debuts next month in Paris.

The Ampera-e will receive its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, which kicks off in the last week of September. It features the same battery-electric powertrain as the Bolt, putting out about 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Range is the same, as well, around 200 miles, although European-cycle estimates are regularly higher than US EPA figures.

Opel's tech loadout is the same, as well. Its MyLink infotainment system will feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, as well as the OnStar suite of connected features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot with a 4G LTE modem.

To prove that electric cars aren't boring snore-mobiles for pensioners, Opel made a video pitting the Ampera-e against some motorsport-based competition. The 30-meter drag race isn't exactly long, but it shows that instant torque can deliver plenty of fun times at or under the speed limit. Chevrolet's Bolt EV is still slated for US release later this year.