British drivers won't be able to get their hands on the Vauxhall Ampera until 2012, but a pre-production example will be traversing England on June 22. Severall Vauxhall officials will be piloting the extended range electric vehicle from Vauxhall headquarters in Luton to the assembly plant at Ellesmere Port. That's a distance of over 170 miles which would make it the longest ever UK trip by an electric vehicle.
Of course, the Ampera, which is the European version of the Chevrolet Volt, won't be running completely emissions free since it only has a 40-mile range in the battery. Beyond that, the 1.4-liter range extender will keep the battery sufficiently charged to complete the trip. Of course, now that this trip has been announced, we're confident that some UK-based Tesla Roadster owner will undertake a 200 mile+ trip in the days before the Ampera run.
*UPDATE: Of course, there was a 265-mile trip around London (twice) by the Racing Green Endurance team.