Available in the UK now, the Vauxhall Ampera is the first range extending electric vehicle utilising a petrol engine to boost the lithium-ion batteries
Touted as the “first real-world solution to electric car ownership,” the Ampera, which has been crowned the European Car of the Year for 2012, is set to bring electric-based driving to the masses with the range extending petrol motor acting as a power station of sorts for the onboard 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Far from a hybrid which uses a combustion engine to turn the wheels, the Ampera runs off electricity 100 per cent of the time with the charged 25-50 miles battery-powered electric drive further bolstered by the electricity generating engine which takes the car’s full low emission range without fuelling to a massive 360 miles.
Vauxhall Ampera Features
Capable of achieving 0-60mph in an impressive 8.7 seconds the Ampera is limited to a top speed of 100mph. With the ability to achieve a staggering 235.4mpg the four seat, five door vehicle has a combined tailpipe emission of just 27g of CO2 per KM.
As trick on the inside as it is on the propulsion front, the Ampera sees Vauxhall fit a DAB radio alongside a 7-inch colour touchscreen display that offers up a selection of travel, GPS and driving economy parameters. The full range of Amperas come with cruise control and alloy wheels.
Vauxhall Ampera Release Date and Price
Following yesterday’s May 1st Vauxhall Ampera UK release date, the car which removes range anxiety from electric driving is available from 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers across the UK.
With a selection of models and optional extras available, the basic Vauxhall Ampera Positiv is available for just £32,250. A lower specced entry level model is set to be introduced later this year with a sub £30,000 price tag.