Vauxhall’s parent company GM is believed to be planning to drop the Ampera plug-in hybrid at the end of next year due to poor sales across Europe.

According to industry reports, Europe will not get the facelifted version, which is due at the end of 2015.
A spokesman for Vauxhall refused to deny the story, adding: “We don’t comment on speculation.” However, Karl-Thomas Neumann, boss at Vauxhall sister company Opel, which runs the Ampera in Europe, later took to Twitter to confirm that there wouldn’t be a new generation of the model.

“We see e-mobility as an important part of the mobility of tomorrow and we will continue to drive down costs and affordability,” he said. “After the eventual run-out of the current-generation Ampera, we’ll introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment.”

The next vehicle will be one of 27 new or revised models coming between 2014-2018.
The Ampera was the breakthrough plug-in range extender vehicle in the UK, capable of up to 50 miles on battery power, before switching to a small-capacity petrol engine.

Launched in 2011, it has not achieved the volumes Vauxhall had hoped for, despite a price reduction last year.

General Motors also fitted the Ampera’s system to a concept version of the Vivaro medium van in 2010, but that didn’t progress towards production, and the firm is yet to reveal any further plans for its plug-in technology.