- Opel Ampera

Resurgance of the Ampera

In the cold north where time stands stubbornly still, a car that was not understood five years ago is highly valued in the second-hand market today.

The car is the Opel/Vauxhall/Chevrolet/Holden Ampera/Volt. The technology of this car is as complicated as its different names. If you're not familiar with this motorvehicle it has a hybrid drivetrain where the 110 kw electric motor is the only motor to generate propulsion. The frugal 1.4 litre petrol engine only powers an on board generator which charges the lithium-ion batteries when they're on low charge. This makes the Opel Ampera (as it's called here) incredibly economical and efficient. I'm positive that it's more efficient than the too popular Toyota Prius.

"Car dealers are importing used Amperas in their hundreds"

The technology, though, meant that it was expensive as new in 2011 and 2012. In this case technology and innovation didn't triumph the high prices and therefore the sales of this car was low.

A few years on, however, and the Ampera is back. Car dealers are importing used Amperas in their hundreds since there were next to no Amperas sold here in Finland as new. The second hand sales of this car has shot up massively and they are a much more common site on our cold uneven streets. I believe its sudden popularity is down to the fact that a 2012 model Ampera is cheaper than the equivalent Prius. With increasing fuel prices the Ampera then becomes the choice of smart and sensible people. Something most Finns aspire to be, not least in the car dealers.

A table from October 2017 showing the information of some of the imported Amperas.

From the table above you can see (probably not with poor eye sight) that the amount of Opel Amperas imported is many times that of, for example, the Opel Astra (full table here). The car tax is also low because of the low emissions of the Ampera (more on the Finnish car tax). Quite a lucrative import wouldn't you agree?

The year 2012 was the first full year when the Opel Ampera was sold in Finland. In that year only 48 Amperas where registered for the first time on to the Finnish roads. During the months from August to October this year, 71 Amperas have been imported to Finland. The Finnish people are not resisting the Ampera anymore. See what i did there... (nerd).

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