Thursday, 4 August 2011

Vauxhall expects electric Ampera to spark big UK sales

Vauxhall is hoping to sell around 5,000 of its Ampera model a year when the electric car launches in the UK next Spring.

Some inside the brand have told Car and Van News that they believe the UK allocation of the model will not be enough to satisfy demand.

The Ampera has already attracted 5,000 pre-orders across Europe. It is expected to appeal to buyers wary about switching to electric, due to the car’s range.
The car is based around a 148bhp electric motor that offers an emissions-free range of up to around 50 miles, which the Ampera’s creators say will be enough for most drivers using the car daily.

However if the electric motor’s battery capacity becomes depleted, a 1.4-litre petrol engine/generator, the ‘range extender’, cuts in, giving the car an overall range of around 310 miles.

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