All you need to know about Vauxhall& s Ampera the green car of the year

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All you need to know about Vauxhall s Ampera, the green car of the year

First look

The first thing that really impresses about the Ampera is how cleverly Vauxhall managed to shed the eco-friendly look from the car. Although, it is equipped with loads of features of a green car, it still, looks likes a regular one. Another striking feature of the Ampera is the brilliant interiors which really is an added bonus in any eco-friendly car. Add to these spacious interiors which can fit four adults comfortably and huge luggage space, you get a car that is miles ahead in features than any other eco-friendly car.

The car with steering wheel on the wrong side is definitely going to turn many heads on the road.

The machine

The Ampera being an extended-range vehicle does not suffer from the ‘limited range’ problem evident in most electric vehicles. Driving beyond the range of the battery is made possible by a 1.4-litre petrol engine which is used in tandem with a generator to supply electricity to power the electric drive unit and at the same time sustain the charge of the battery. The engine runs at definite rpm levels optimized for maximum fuel efficiency. The Ampera incorporates the award-winning Voltec technology which enables electricity to drive the wheels at all times. Another impressive feature is the regenerative brakes which capture energy during braking process and convert it into electricity which is stored in the battery.

The ability to brake smoothly over a considerable distance helps to maximize regenerative braking efficiency. A state of the art, 16kWh, lithium ion battery developed by LG forms the core of the Vauxhall Ampera.

What’s good?

1. A centrally-mounted touchscreen provides all the information about the car like charge levels of battery, flow of power and other niceties like music player, navigation, etc.

2. Dashboard behind the steering wheel provides info about the quality of driving and braking which maximizes the environmental quotient of the car.

3. Long battery life is another feature worth mentioning as the battery can deliver its rated capacity (25-30 miles) for the better part of a decade and takes only 4 hours to charge up to the rated levels.

4. Another impressive feature is Vauxhall’s 100,000 miles warranty inclusive of battery.

5. The Ampera’s awe inspiring mileage of approximately 175 mpg on the combined cycle and very low emission levels of 40g/Km of CO2 makes it the one of the nicest electric cars to drive around.

What’s not so good?

The only irregularity present in the Ampera is the steering wheel which is on the wrong side. Otherwise, there is nothing that holds you back from buying this highly acclaimed electric car.

Price and availability

The Ampera will be priced around £34,000 but the stellar fuel economy and very low operating and maintenance costs will surely compensate for the high initial cost.

Industry buzz

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Vauxhall’s Ampera green car

The automotive industry is in complete readiness to welcome the Ampera which has already created many ripples. As the car is not yet in production, only time will tell whether it delivers the galactic figures as promised by Vauxhall. Still, expectations from the car never cease to end.

Chas Hallett, Editor in Chief of What Car? has already hailed the success of Ampera as a giant stride for the future of alternative fuel cars.

As these are early days for Ampera, caution is advised against the early figures it promises. At present, it must be said that Ampera sounds to be the wisest investment in the electric car segment with the exception of Tesla which delivers raw power. The bottom line is that Ampera has the entire responsiveness of an electric car with zero range concerns.

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