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Opel Ampera Electric Cars

Quentin Willson s Vauxhall Ampera — UK s first extended range electric car

GM believe the Ampera / Volt is the first electric vehicle suitable for everyday use. Its sophisticated propulsion system offers performance driving and all the benefits of electric driving, without any range anxiety. The Ampera offers lively electric performance and a range of up to 360 miles.

Not a hybrid

The Ampera is not a hybrid. Electricity powers the wheels of the Ampera at all times, with a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeding an advanced 150PS electric drive unit, delivering between 25-50 miles of battery-powered electric drive and zero tailpipe emissions.

Range Extender

What sets the Ampera apart from other EVs on the market is its range extender, which boosts the car’s range by up to 310 miles. A small 1.4-litre 16V petrol-fuelled engine/generator runs at optimum efficiency, generating enough electricity to power the electric motor (but not the wheels) and operates seamlessly as part of the Ampera’s powertrain. The results are a total driving range of up to 360 miles and, according to figures produced on the official European Test Cycle (ECE R101) the Ampera achieves 235.4mpg and combined tailpipe emissions of just 27g/km.

Serene, silken, silent, special. the Ampera is easily the best car Vauxhall has ever made. The battery is guaranteed for eight years – longer than any warranty on a petrol or diesel engine – and second-hand values are likely to be gold-plated.

— Quentin Willson, Ampera owner

Cost Savings

Opel Ampera Electric Cars

And the cost savings continue. As well as benefiting from the government’s Plug-In Car Grant, zero VED, zero Congestion Charge and a 50 per cent reduction in company car tax, the Ampera costs around £1.00 to fully charge, depending on tariff. But since it doesn’t rely on a public charging infrastructure for propulsion, it can continue to be driven normally on electric power if a charging point isn’t available.

Battery warranty

Adding further to the car’s usability is a comprehensive customer support package. The Ampera comes with Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty and an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery. Customers also have the choice of 24 specialist Ampera dealers spread across the UK, and the reassurance of the Ampera Customer Charter, which provides owners with exceptional levels of support.


On top of the cost and emissions advantages, the Ampera remains a thoroughly practical, everyday car that requires no compromise. It seats four adults in comfort and its hatchback design offers excellent practicality. Its performance is also impressive, reaching a top speed of 100mph and accelerating from 0-60mph in just 8.7 seconds.

Available now from £29,995 inclusive of the government’s plug-in car grant (PiGC), and the range comprises three models, each with a choice of two interior trims. High levels of standard equipment will be available on all models, including DAB radio, a 7-inch touch-screen display, cruise control and alloy wheels.

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