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LeasePlan UK employees given chance to test-drive new Ampera

Article published: 30 Apr 2012 12:12

LeasePlan UK has hosted a test-drive event at its Slough HQ this week, giving employees the chance to take the new Vauxhall Ampera for a spin.

Over 70 Slough employees attended the two day event, which marked LeasePlan becoming one of the only UK leasing providers to offer the electric Vauxhall Ampera to customers.  LeasePlan has initially ordered 20 Amperas as part of its ongoing ambition to grow its electric vehicle offering. The event gave staff first hand experience of the car, allowing them to better advise customers considering adding electric vehicles to their fleet.

The Ampera is Vauhall’s new extended range electric vehicle. Capable of driving up to 50 miles on electric power, it overcomes range anxiety by featuring a petrol engine which acts as a generator once the battery has run out of charge. This gives the driver an extra 310 miles of range with a full tank of fuel.

Steve Wallis, Vehicle Supply Relationship executive at LeasePlan, said: The test-drive day has been a real success and established great enthusiasm for electric vehicles among our staff. We are confident this enthusiasm will be matched among our customers. LeasePlan is excited to be offering the Ampera. It s a good looking car which also has a petrol engine to increase driving range, making it an ideal commuter vehicle.

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Electric cars sales slow; battle comes down to Volt or Leaf

Count the number of electric cars you see on the way to work today, and that will give you a clue as how sales are going. You re not allowed to include the ones stranded by the side of the road with … batteries.

Unless you re in central Paris or London, you are probably in shut-out territory.

According to British newsletter Automotive Industry Data, sales of electric cars in Western Europe totaled only 4,856 in the first three months of 2012 for a market share of 0.15 percent. This included the Nissan Leaf, and Peugeot and Citroen city cars based on a Mitsubishi model. There were some sales of the Opel Ampera, the European equivalent of GM s Chevrolet Volt now being launched across Europe.

In France the biggest seller is the Bollore Bluecar, used in a Paris-based car sharing scheme.

Renault of France is launching the Fluence electric sedan, the Kangoo electric van, a smaller battery only Zoe sedan and its Twizy commuter vehicle. Ford has an electric Focus on the launch pad. Toyota s plug-in hybrid version of the Prius will muddy the waters of definition because it can run just on batteries, but then uses a mixture of gasoline and electricity to power the car when the battery runs dry.

But these are early days for electric cars, and it doesn t mean that someday they won t be ubiquitous, and arguments are raging about what is the best way of providing transport that progressively cuts the use of dwindling fossil

Is Vauxhall s Ampera the missing piece in the EV jigsaw?

It is 2012’s Car of the Year and the Police want it as a pimped-out crime fighting machine. but is Vauxhall’s Ampera the key to opening motorists’ hearts to 100% electric motoring?

Maybe. It has plenty to suggest that the plug-in range-extender could appeal to those turned off by electric vehicles’ limited range or are left unconvinced by their loftier price-tag.

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Eliminating ‘range anxiety’ was one of Vauxhall’s key aims with the Ampera and it’s fair to say they have been successful. The 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery can deliver up to 50 miles on a full charge, certainly enough for the average work commuter, but if it isn’t then a 1.4L petrol engine kicks in to deliver up to 310 miles more with a 35-litre tank. Not only that but it actually generates electricity to recharge the depleted battery so you can get back to zero-emission motoring without having to plug-in.

It is points like that this that means labelling the Ampera a mere ‘hybrid’ is doing it a disservice. There’s no argument that when all is said and done that this is a hybrid but would a Prius deliver a triple figure mpg?

Well yes, the forthcoming Plug-In version would, but forget about that; the fact that the Ampera can return a stonking 235.4 miles to the

Test drive the low-carbon cars of the future at EcoVelocity


Major manufacturers including Vauxhall, Honda, Nissan and Citroen will all provide models for EcoVelocity, which returns to London next month.

One of the major draws on the 3.5-mile test track in Docklands is set to be the Vauxhall Ampera, an electric family hatchback with an efficient petrol engine for backup, boasting a range of 360 miles and which was recently voted 2012 European Car Of The Year.

Other cars will be the Nissan Leaf, a fully electric car which has a range of up to 222km (138 miles) on a single charge.

Giles Brown, the organiser of EcoVelocity, said: ‘Test drives when taken in isolation can be time consuming, so our unique offering and facility will allow visitors to take almost back-to-back test drives, giving motorists the opportunity to make direct comparisons and work out which vehicle best fits their requirements.’

Metro is again supporting EcoVelocity, which will be held at London’s ExCel from May 10-13.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £25 for a family. See

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