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

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

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

There is plenty to suggest the plug-in range-extender could to those turned off by electric limited range or are left by their loftier price-tag.

‘range anxiety’ was one of Vauxhall’s key with the Ampera and it’s to say they have been The 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery can up to 50 miles on a full charge, enough for the average work but if it isn’t then a 1.4L engine — backed by a tank — kicks in to up to 310 miles. Not only that but it generates electricity to recharge the battery, through regenerative so you can get back to zero-emission motoring having to plug-in.

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


Well yes, the forthcoming version would, but forget that; the fact that the can return a stonking 235.4 to the gallon (100+ miles than the Plug-Inable Prius) is than enough to warrant the freshly coined ‘range label.

Range extended, gap

From the outside, there is to suggest that the Ampera is to any other five door While the Nissan LEAF had odd bubbly shape at the rear and an feel that set it apart everything that came the Ampera plays down its qualities, aside maybe the more futuristic, ‘angry front grille, and lets the mpg do the

The interior styling struck writer as a bit tacky however the designs on the door might be for promotional purposes; press don’t include the irksome

With the press of a blue we’re ready. As with any EV and hybrids, start-up is completely

Driving the Ampera is a joy, the drive unit delivers — 370 Nm of instant torque and picking up speed is as swift and as any EV on the market. Reaching 60mph a stand-still takes around seconds and speed tops out at

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Putting the Ampera through its round soggy corners emphasises that it has its wheels on the ground with no compromises to the handling or ride.

Safety an issue either; Euro awarded the Ampera five back in August 2011, the maximum points needed to the top rating in all categories. It turned out top in occupant protection, child pedestrian protection, safety and the side barrier test, to its combination of solid core structure, rigid passenger and efficient restraint systems.

the journey complete, a screen the driver just how much of motoring was powered by the battery and the consumption.

Despite its triumphs and innovations, still believe that an Ampera requires a hefty of faith in the technology.

Battery is constantly improving and developing so it probable that in time, the will be looked back on as one of the that brought people to the idea of having an electric on their drive. We’ll

The Vauxhall Ampera will hit UK this May, priced ?29,995 when applying the ?5k Plug-In Car grant.

Residual experts Glass’s and CAP suggest the Ampera will be worth 40 per cent of its new value at ?14,500 three years/60,000 miles.

VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars
VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars
VAUXHALL Ampera Electric Cars

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