A journey into the future? Electric car on trial

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VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars

A journey into the future? car on trial

Swapping an Audi for a Ampera

Last week I my normal vehicle for an electric on loan from Vauxhall to our department. I was keen to put the electric car its paces to see if these vehicles a role in helping us meet our of reducing carbon emissions business travel by 30% by 2016.

For not up to date with the latest innovation: the Ampera is a plug-in vehicle with a back-up engine as opposed to a hybrid that uses a combustion backed up by electrical assistance.

Driving more miles on fuel

The fleet team are searching out the most efficient on the market for our fleet; new Vauxhall will soon be available emissions of 99 g/km, compared to the models at 118 g/km.

But, as many of our ambitious Sustain targets, we need to look a further into the future for solutions, the Ampera offers

250 mpg – not bad!

I was pleasantly surprised by the of the Ampera. Last week I was based at George Road so I it for commuting and covered 183 miles, the battery 75% of that time. My economy never dipped 150 mpg and by the time I gave it back was 250, so it matches up to the manufacturer’s

And I have to say you wouldn’t know it was an vehicle over petrol you stuck your head out of the

A new style of driving

I also it surprisingly easy to adapt my style to suit the car. A few will be aware there’s a long hill near my and I noticed this took its on the battery after I had set off. the Ampera recharges if you take foot off the accelerator or if you brake, so on the way at least some of this was

New routes also opened up, to the office by the shorter route town as opposed to the motorway be economic in my Audi, but in the Ampera I use the battery and conserve fuel.

VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars

you do need to use some fuel. On one of the days I had to make lots of journeys from home to the to the station, back to the office and home again. There wasn’t the time or infrastructure to properly recharge the car’s

Where can I plug in my EV?

Which me to the problems I found By far the biggest was that the supplied charging wouldn’t reach past my to the nearest plug. Vauxhall say you use an extension lead, so I was only to charge it in the garage at work, at electric rates. Can this any real monetary saving more efficient diesel

There’s also the cost of the necessary charging infrastructure and the of who pays for the electricity. These are that we are hoping to be in a better to answer by trialling the vehicle.

it also failed the golf test!

A car for the future ?

In summary once I had resisted the temptation to the neighbour’s milk bottles, I the experience to be positive. Despite the issue, I would go as far to say that is potential in future for a similar of pool car for use by employees on short trips, or those who live to the office. What do you think?

VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars
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