The Chevy Bolt will soon make its way across the Atlantic Ocean to join the Opel lineup, and these spy shots show our first real-world proof of the European-spec EV's existence. It'll be called Ampera-e when it goes on sale next year, and we should get our first official look at the long-range electric hatch when it debuts at the Paris Motor Show this fall.

Visually, the Ampera-e will have a couple of Opel-specific design cues and badges, but that should be all that differentiates it from the U.S.-spec Chevy model. The powertrain is expected to remain the same, with 200 horsepower (149 kilowatt) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton meters) of torque coming from an electric motor. If the Chevy specs carry over, with the battery fully charged, the Ampera-e should be able to drive 200 miles (322 kilometers) on a single charge. Impressive.

In addition to this Ampera-e, the second-generation Volt is expected to join the Opel lineup, as well, simply called Ampera. (If you think Volt/Bolt is confusing in the U.S., try Ampera/Ampera-e.) Like this Bolt conversion, the Volt-to-Ampera transition should be nothing more than a rebadging, as well.


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Gallery: Opel Ampera-e: Spy Shots