The New Vauxhall Ampera
Electric mobility without compromise.
|The Vauxhall Ampera is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) – the first of its kind. It succeeds where pure battery cars fail, by combining extended-range with improved performance, reliability and handling.|
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Is the Ampera an electric vehicle?
- Yes. The Ampera is a full performance battery electric vehicle with extended-range operation. The Ampera can achieve full performance on battery power alone.
Why is the Ampera not considered a hybrid?
- Unlike traditional cars, which use electric power provided by the engine, the Ampera leads with battery power, which is then supplemented by electricity generated by the on board 1.4 ECOTEC engine. The Ampera cannot solely operate on power provided by the engine and as such it is not a hybrid in the conventional sense.
In what condition and how often is the Ampera powered by both electrical and mechanical power?
- The electric drive unit always requires the use of electricity, which under specific conditions can also be combined with mechanical power to the electric motors that drive the wheels to provide a significant improvement in efficiency. The unique balance of power in extended-range high-speed operation also helps to boost fuel economy by upwards of 15%.
What is the driving range of the Ampera?
- The car is designed to drive at least 25-50 miles on pure electricity stored in the battery from overnight home charging. After that the on-board generator will kick in and allow the car to be driven a further 310 miles on a full tank of fuel.
What happens if the battery runs low when I’m out on the road?
- With the Vauxhall Ampera you don’t have to worry about running out of electricity and becoming stranded – there is no need for range anxiety. The battery can power the car for the first 25-50 miles. After that, the on-board engine generator creates additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of additional miles.
What are the operating costs?
- Electric driving is cost effective. We estimate that an electrically driven kilometre in the Vauxhall Ampera costs about one-fifth the price of a kilometre driving in a conventional petrol-powered vehicle. It costs about 0.02p per mile to drive electrically vs. 0.11p using petrol priced at £1.30 per litre.
Does the Ampera use regenerative braking?
- Yes. This means that when the car is slowed, the kinetic or motion-based energy is recaptured as electricity and stored in the battery.
How long does it take to recharge?
- The battery takes about 6 hours to fully recharge using the boot stored charging cable.
What incentives are expected for the customer?
- The Ampera qualifies for the Government Plug In Car Grant (PICG) which provides a discount on the purchase price of 25% up to £5000. The Ampera also falls into tax band A with zero VED.
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