Opel puts cars with fuel cells on the road

In order to adhere to the climate requirements of the politicians, Opel also relies on fuel cell cars. Company boss Lohscheller announces the first tests for 2021. In his words, Opel is fully capable of delivering e-cars, unlike two competitors.

Captain: Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has to make the carmaker fit for the future

Dhe Rüsselsheim-based car manufacturer Opel has noticeably lost market share in this country over the past few months. One reason is that profitability comes before number of pieces. In addition, company boss Michael Lohscheller leads the climate specifications of the politicians. Adhering to them is ultimately more important than selling a car. However, the German subsidiary of the Peugeot parent company PSA wants to grow profitably again with new models. “We want to increase market shares and volumes, of course,” emphasized the chairman of the management in an interview with the FAZ. And without compromising on profitability and CO2 balance. Opel is also and particularly relying on purely electric cars and hybrid models. In addition, the new diesel models are in demand.

For the future, the fuel cell should also play a role as a drive. In an interview with the FAZ, Lohscheller announced the first tests on the road for the next year. Accordingly, the brand with the Blitz wants to equip a number of small family vans of the Zafira type with fuel cells. Opel is also researching this type of drive, which uses hydrogen, in one of its so-called competence centers at its headquarters. However, fuel cells have so far been very expensive because of the use of precious metals, which Lohscheller says bluntly.

Mocha as a “brand locomotive”

The new Corsa is still in its first year. In August and September it was number one in the small car segment in Germany and in September the best-selling car in Great Britain. And: “The potential is far from being exhausted,” said Lohscheller. For the next year, Lohscheller has announced that the retreaded small SUV Mokka will be available. The boss thinks the car is very important. Opel will present the car in a new design language. When it comes to Lohscheller, the mocha becomes a “brand locomotive”.

The new Astra, which is also to be manufactured in an electrified version in Rüsselsheim, will also help. Alongside the Corsa, the compact car is the brand’s best-selling model. Both traditionally account for a quarter of sales. Next year, Opel will offer nine models with pure battery or hybrid drives, including light commercial vehicles. “Our light commercial vehicles – Combo, Vivaro and Movano – are extremely well received. We are also gaining market share here, ”he said.

Unlike its competitors BMW and Ford, Opel has no technical difficulties with battery models. “We are absolutely able to deliver,” emphasized Lohscheller. The automaker sees a particularly strong order intake for electrified models. Opel is increasing the volume from month to month. In large markets, the E version of the Corsa accounts for around 30 percent. BMW recalled thousands of hybrid vehicles in the summer due to the risk of short circuits. There is a safety recall for the Ford Kuga as a hybrid model. Reason: Risk of fire due to battery problems.

In order to adhere to the political climate requirements, Opel also relies on fuel cell cars. Company boss Lohscheller announces the first tests for 2021. In his words, Opel is fully capable of delivering e-cars, unlike two competitors.

Captain: Opel boss Michael Lohscheller has to make the carmaker fit for the future

Dhe Rüsselsheim-based car manufacturer Opel has noticeably lost market share in this country over the past few months. One reason is that profitability comes before number of pieces. In addition, company boss Michael Lohscheller leads the climate specifications of the politicians. Ultimately, adhering to them is more important than selling a car. However, the German subsidiary of the Peugeot parent company PSA wants to grow profitably again with new models. “We want to increase market shares and volumes, of course,” emphasized the chairman of the management in an interview with the FAZ. And without compromising on profitability and CO2 balance. Opel is also and particularly relying on purely electric cars and hybrid models. In addition, the new diesel models are in demand.

For the future, the fuel cell should also play a role as a drive. In an interview with the FAZ, Lohscheller announced the first tests on the road for next year. Accordingly, the brand with the Blitz wants to equip a number of small family vans of the Zafira type with fuel cells. Opel is also researching this type of drive, which uses hydrogen, in one of its so-called competence centers at its headquarters. However, fuel cells have so far been very expensive because of the use of precious metals, which Lohscheller says bluntly.

Mocha as a “brand locomotive”

The new Corsa is still in its first year. In August and September it was number one in the small car segment in Germany and in September the best-selling car in Great Britain. And: “The potential is far from being exhausted,” said Lohscheller. For the next year, Lohscheller has announced that the completely redesigned small SUV Mokka will be available. The boss thinks the car is very important. Opel will present the car in a new design language. When it comes to Lohscheller, the mocha becomes a “brand locomotive”.

The new Astra, which is also to be manufactured in an electrified version in Rüsselsheim, will also help. Alongside the Corsa, the compact car is the brand’s best-selling model. Both traditionally account for a quarter of sales. Next year, Opel will offer nine models with pure battery or hybrid drives, including light commercial vehicles. “Our light commercial vehicles – Combo, Vivaro and Movano – are extremely well received. We are also gaining market share here, ”he said.

Unlike its competitors BMW and Ford, Opel has no technical difficulties with battery models. “We are absolutely able to deliver,” emphasized Lohscheller. The automaker sees a particularly strong order intake for electrified models. Opel is increasing the volume from month to month. In large markets, the E version of the Corsa accounts for around 30 percent. BMW recalled thousands of hybrid vehicles in the summer due to the risk of short circuits. There is a safety recall for the Ford Kuga as a hybrid model. Reason: Risk of fire due to battery problems.