Camaro Chief Engineer Heading To General Motors EV Program

When Chevrolet took the veil off the eCOPO Camaro Concept, little did we know the chief engineer of the pony car from General Motors would head over to the EV program. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Al Oppenheiser will oversee the development of electric vehicles at the biggest of the Big Three in Detroit starting from January 2019.
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Car & Driver reports his replacement at Team Camaro is Mark Dickens, head of Performance Variants, Parts, Accessories, and Motorsports Engineering. Looking back, Oppenheiser’s legacy is nothing to scoff at considering he’s been in charge of the Camaro since 2005, four years before the launch of the fifth generation.

"We have launched the final variant of this generation of Camaro, so the time is right," spokesperson Mike Albano told the motoring publication. On the other hand, Oppenheiser thought he’d “die in this role, but I'm happy to be part of the future [of General Motors].”

The Detroit-based automaker doesn’t have a lot of experience with electric vehicles, starting with the EV1 and finishing with the Bolt. Two crossovers based on the Bolt are in the pipeline for the not-too-distant future, and even Cadillac prepares to roll out an EV of its own.

Even though internal combustion will continue being the driving force of the lineup, General Motors will offer 20 electric vehicles by 2023, including the two crossovers based on the Bolt. China is the most important market for General Motors right now, which is why 10 electrified models will be launched in the Middle Kingdom by 2020.

Back in November 2016, Bloomberg reported that GM loses “as much as $9,000 on every Chevrolet Bolt that leaves the showroom.” The next generation is expected to arrive in 2025, and according to head of product Mark Reuss, “this next generation will be profitable.”

Under the careful watch of Oppenheiser, we’re certain General Motors will become a force in the world of electric vehicles. But on the other hand, don’t forget the beancounters have the last say when it comes to research and development.


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