BOCHUM (Reuters) -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company's Opel/Vauxhall unit will launch a long-range, affordable five-seat electric car called the Ampera-e in 2017.
The car shares the same underpinnings as GM's other electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt.
"The Ampera-e promises to transform the electric vehicle market in Europe as the first EV that combines long range at an affordable price," Barra told the CAR Symposium industry conference here today.
Barra said the Ampera-e would offer a greater electric range than the vast majority of electric vehicles currently available in Europe, and offer room for five passengers and trunk space comparable to that of a compact car.
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement that the Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility "by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range."