April 6, 2014 / 2:13 PM / 4 years ago

Opel to launch small electric car by 2017: report

BERLIN (Reuters) - General Motors’ (GM.N) European brand Opel plans to start selling an all-electric compact car no later than by 2017 as the automaker is striving to meet EU emission targets, Automobilwoche reported on Sunday.

A worker cleans a wall at the Opel stand during a press presentation prior to the Essen Motor Show in Essen November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The new model, dubbed internally as battery electric vehicle (BEV), will be much smaller and cheaper than the 38,300-euro ($52,400) Ampera electric car, the magazine said without citing the source of the information.

The GM division last September announced a price cut for the Ampera of almost 8,000 euros in Europe’s biggest car market for the model which can travel between 40-80 kilometers electrically and a further 500 km with a combustion engine range extender.

Opel did not return calls seeking comment.

Opel’s new electric model would be launched as part of a small-car offensive that in 2015 may also bring to the market the “City” vehicle, due to cost less than 10,000 euros and rival Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) Up subcompact, Automobilwoche said.

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Reporting by Andreas Cremer, editing by David Evans

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