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Vauxhall Ampera (UK launch)

Things have moved on in the Motors range-extender electric car since Sue Baker reported on the launch of the Vauxhall Ampera in and I tested the identical Chevrolet in December. The big news between and now has been the fact that the two — or really three, the Ampera is badged as an Opel in markets — have been named the European Car of the showing the faith that at the journalists who vote for that have in the idea.

In case still not clear on what idea is, here’s a brief There’s a lot of pressure for manufacturers to build and sell electric but present-day battery technology them from going for than a few dozen miles having to be recharged. One way of solving is to use an internal combustion engine (in case a 1.4-litre petrol whose basic design is than thirty years to charge the battery while the car is on the

It may seem odd that anyone the best way of getting away cars without petrol is to build a car with a petrol but the point is that you could run an Ampera for ever with no in the tank as long as you never did than about thirty without plugging it into the

But if you were going to do that you as well buy a fully electric The Ampera’s selling point is you can use it this way on a daily basis and thanks to the engine and fuel drive it to the other end of the country or to a different country entirely whenever it suits you, a battery-only car could not do without very long recharging


This ability does not cheap. The least expensive whose precise specification has yet to be will go on sale this with a price of £34,995, since it’s eligible for the Plug-In Car grant you will pay £29,995. The higher-specification Positiv and which arrive on the market on May 1, cost the customer £32,250 and

Whichever one you pick, you do get quite a car for the money. The Ampera looks the major controls are smooth, obviously not much noise even with the engine — you only really it when it’s working the interior design is attractive, the is good and the ride is excellent jittery over some of the poorly-surfaced roads of the Home

Equipment levels are reasonably too. Both the Positiv and the have front and rear sensors, leather seats front ones also heated), cruise control, wipers, climate control DAB digital radio and Bluetooth The extra £1745 you have to pay for the buys you satellite navigation and a audio system with six and a sub-woofer.

Less encouragingly, visibility is bad, being by efforts to reduce aerodynamic there’s not much room in the and the load sill for the luggage is awkwardly high.

The official combined fuel and CO2 figures are nothing short of on paper, at 235.4mpg and 27g/km The latter figure makes the exempt — very, exempt — from Excise Duty and the London charge, though it has no advantage in respects over a 99g/km

At least there’s some going on there. The exemption won’t stay at 100g/km but it’s going to be a very time before it reaches a that will concern the of a 27g/km car.

As for the 235.4mpg — well, it all depends. If you use the engine your mpg figure be infinite. It will be 235.4mpg if you the car in exactly the way it’s driven in the EU consumption test, which is

On the UK media event, Sue Baker and I that our average mpg (once the had lost the charge it had been overnight and was having to be topped up by the engine) was in the low 40s.

It’s fair to point out here Vauxhall is making no attempt this, and stresses that you depending on your driving achieve better results an Insignia diesel. Other diesels are also available.

has also teamed up with Gas to offer a home charging which involves a home point being installed at house (reducing the time for a full charge from six to four), plus three worth of parts and labour and Home Electrical Care for the same period. It costs and there are discounts of up to 75% in those of the country designated by the Government as places.

The home charging plan makes varying amounts of sense depending on where you Much the same could be said of the Ampera itself.

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