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Opel may go electric-only

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Opel, which was recently acquired by PSA, may become that group's electric-only brand. However, said PSA CEO Carlos Tavares (pictured), in a joint interview with Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller for the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, for such a decision to be taken, it must be proven that an electric-only Opel is a viable option.

“We as PSA will make the technology available to Opel to pursue further electrification. If Opel wants to become a fully electric brand someday, we're ok with that, providing it is profitable”, Tavares said.

PSA Group will present its restructuring plan for Opel in November.  So presumably, those numbers are being crunched right now. The direction would not be an entirely new one for Opel, which was already exploring its electric options when still under the General Motors umbrella. 

The news follows Daimler's recent announcement that its Smart brand will be electric-only by 2020 – the first brand to do so. Volvo is switching to electric and hybrid by 2019.

Image: Tasnim, CC BY 4.0

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 09:45Frank JacobsGreen and SafetyEurope
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