Test Drive Vauxhall Ampera

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by Obama money and available on his of the pond already as the GM Chevrolet the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, due for release in 2012, is GM’s first into electric motoring the EV1 in the 1990s, and is probably the most awaited electric ever.

The is a range-extended electric car (definitely NOT a serial hybrid, according to the rep at LCV), which can cover 25 to 50 on electric alone, and then a 310 miles using a small engine as a generator to maintain the state of charge.  Even the motor going, there is no that the Ampera is a revolution in economy: it achieves 175 mpg and emits 40g according to Vauxhall’s information.

Driving around the sweeping of Rockingham (and maybe in a few kerbs), the Ampera feels and well-built, with an interior looks and feels like a stereo.   There is enough in the form of the 111kW/150 hp electric to make this a decent car; it holds the corners (possibly owing to the 250 kg of battery in the and acceleration off the mark is fast mph in nine seconds) and very The torque curve is flat, but up to a point: above about 60 mph the of acceleration did slow down.

  Since the petrol engine is used to drive a generator than the wheels, there is no between engine note and of foot to pedal. This can be odd, although after a of laps of Rockingham I was fine it.  As expected, the Ampera regenerative braking rather friction braking if possible.

  Those who have driven a or a Leaf will know the


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The display both behind the and on the centre console tells the the amount of time left on electric and then the remaining using the petrol range-extender.  a complicated beast: at low speeds one of two electric motors is used, and the throttle is opened it’s When the battery is depleted to a level, the petrol engine in and uses motor two as a generator to the battery.

  At higher speeds, the petrol is also used to increase although Vauxhall is keen to out that at no stage does the engine directly drive the

Like the Nissan Leaf, I drove at its launch in April, the is much more than a run-about or quadricycle.  It is an all-round car, and the first which I seriously consider buying release.  The only difficulty is, the price, which is expected to be £29,000, even after the government rebate.

  Vauxhall has got the right; now it’s time to on the economics.

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