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Vauxhall Ampera the electric car by petrol

This is the future of according to Vauxhall. The Ampera is an car, but with a petrol to power the electric motor the battery runs low.

that’s right, it’s an car powered by petrol. It’s as an ‘E-REV’ – an ‘Extended-Range Electric It has a petrol engine (or a ‘range under the bonnet – together an electric motor.

Under the of the car and between the rear wheels, is a t-shaped battery – the heart of the

This is how it works. You plug the car in to household electric socket and it. Just three hours give the battery a full which will take you 40 miles.

That, according to GM’s should be enough for most most of the time, as 80% of journeys are than 30 miles per day. You can recharge the car again at your fuel station’ and use it as an electric once more.

If you need to from London to Scotland, with normal electric you can do this, as the 1.4 litre 4-cylinder engine kicks in when the drops to 20% of its full charge. The 20% is due to damage occurring to the batteries they regularly drop this 20% charge level.

range’ driving should a range of over 300 miles. If the car is with a hill when the engine is in use, extra can be taken from the battery. the petrol engine does not the battery.

Vauxhall is comfortable with engineering decision, as they say far more efficient for the National to charge the battery.

Why a petrol rather than a diesel? engines are smaller, lighter and And the engine can also run on E85 bioethanol

Note that unlike hybrids, Vauxhall is using the petrol engine to run the electric rather than to power the directly. The electric motor at 98% efficiency, whereas a petrol runs at 35% efficiency due to issues as heat losses.

It’s interesting to note the petrol engine does not run at speeds; it runs at a constant load at all times, which is its efficient state.

The concept the Ampera means that it the characteristics of an electric car at all times driving – complete with torque from the start of The Ampera reaches 60mph in 9 seconds, with a top speed of The styling is influenced by aerodynamic in order to ensure maximum

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Other innovations include energy draw, including heating that runs the electrics – meaning that the car can be warmed up by a remote control the house.

The benefits are that the should emit an average of than 40g/km CO2, the current European test yet the five door hatchback can four people and their without the ‘range anxiety’ with most electric Of course in purely electric theoretically the CO2 emissions should be if recharged with renewable – which will be increasingly in the future as new developments such as the 3 offshore windfarms come on

However the Ampera will have the same problem as electric cars if the owner have secure off road or a garage – there’s no way to recharge more on-street recharging appear. The Ampera will work if it has petrol in its tank, but hardly using its technology to its potential. The plan is for more points to appear; even a 40 charge at a supermarket would to inject some power the battery.

The Ampera has ‘Voltec’ technology, uses lithium-ion batteries, but the 200 are different to most lithium-ion in cars today. Lots of has been done to ensure in crash tests, as well as to that the cells don’t Vauxhall claims that the is designed to last for 160,000 or 10 years.

Will it be priced a family saloon? Probably More work needs to be on the pricing, and talks with about incentives need to first.

However based on fuel prices, Vauxhall that the Ampera will roughly one-fifth of the current per mile of an equivalent petrol-engined

The Ampera is due to be here in the UK in 2012. The version will be available in in 2011. That means GM be first to market with technology.

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