Opel has almost cancelled their plan for an all-electric minicar. An entry-level Junior minicar pure plug-in version which was expected to be rolled out in 2013 has now been stalled.
The electric minicar project was internally christened Junior BEV S-04404. It is now being reported that the brand has decided to terminate the plan due to “excessively high” costs.
The latest decision will make the Opel/Vauxhall disarmed in the electric vehicle market. The company will lack a battery-powered mini to compete with electric rivals that include the Peugeot iOn, Citroen C-Zero and the upcoming Volkswagen E-Up!
The report was given official confirmation by Opel, who said that the electric Junior has been taken out indefinitely from their future lineup. Though the company has a pure battery electric vehicle lined up sometime in the long future, they have postponed the electric Junior until further notice.
Meanwhile, the company thinks they have an advantage in electric cars mart, with the Opel Ampera and a Volt plug-in hybrid built by sister brand Chevrolet.
We are now eager to know what will happen to the Opel fuel-cell model announced to debut in 2015.