• Sep 16th 2011 at 4:53PM
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The Vauxhall Ampera, a vehicle that General Motors describes as Europe's only "zero range anxiety" electric, has been named the Green Car of the Year 2011 by What Car?, one of the UK's leading consumer-focused motoring magazine.

What Car? Editor-In-Chief, Chas Hallett states:
The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars. It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do.
In addition to snagging the Green Car of the Year title, the Ampera topped the What Car? alternative fuel category, beating out the Nissan Leaf and the electric Renault Fluence. The Vauxhall Ampera is set for release in early 2012 in the UK at a price of £33,995 ($53,654 U.S. at current exchange rates and inclusive of Value Added Tax).
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Europe's first 'zero range-anxiety' electric car declared a 'massive step' forward


Luton – What Car?, the UK's leading consumer focused motoring magazine, has named the Vauxhall Ampera as its Green Car of the Year 2011. The Ampera was also its top alternative-fuel car.

What Car? editor-in-chief, Chas Hallett said: "The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars. It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do."

This isn't the first time the Ampera has found favour with What Car?'s judges. In 2009, when Vauxhall first revealed details of the car's clever Voltec system, the Ampera was given the magazine's prestigious Green Technology Award.

Demolishing the issue of 'range anxiety' altogether, the Ampera's clever Voltec system helps it achieve an incredible *175mpg and combined emissions of below 40g/km, according to official R(EC) 715/2007 regulations for measuring fuel consumption and C02 emissions.

Drivers can expect between 25-50 miles of zero-tailpipe emissions motoring (often enough for a typical daily commute), yet thanks to the Ampera's innovative range-extender generator, it can be driven for up to 310 miles without having to re-charge the battery or replenish the fuel tank.

"The Ampera takes Vauxhall into a new era," said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's Managing Director. "It can genuinely be considered a car that can perform a full range of family duties, with its four-seats and five-door body. Yet its 100mph performance and brisk acceleration mean that it can hold its own in the cut and thrust of everyday motoring, unlike many EVs currently on sale."

There's already massive interest in the Ampera from UK buyers through Vauxhall's ePioneers scheme. For a modest £150, potential buyers can reserve one of the first build slots for the car and join a rapidly growing, but still exclusive, group of people who are destined to become the very first Ampera drivers in Britain.

Order books for the Ampera will be open in the UK by the end of the year.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I get so tired of hearing electric car detractors like LUKAFOTO make the argument that "Electric cars get charged with electricity created from fossil fuels". Somehow implying that electric cars have a dirty little secret and aren't really a good thing environmentally. What a load of crap. First, electric power plants are vastly more efficient at converting fuel to usable energy than a ICE in a car is. Second, believe it or not, the environment isn' t the only reason for purchasing an electric car. It wasn't why I bought one. I was looking to save money. Eletric cars cost about 2 to 3 cents per mile in energy costs. A gas powered car costs 6 times more, 15 cents per gallon. That doesnt include any maintenance either. The best reason though, by far, for owning an electric car is avoiding having to give the money that we used to spend on gas to people in the middle east who use the money to fulfill stupid and/or evil goals like indoor ski resorts or blowing up busses full of school kids.
      Marco Polo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that's very good news for GM's Vauxhall Ampera. As usual Eric loveday managed to inject a little negativity into the article. The Vauxhall Ampera not only qualifies for the UK govt tax subsidy of GBP 5000, but also attracts no road tax or congestion charges and a modest five per cent hit on company car tax. Curiously in the UK, the only negative reviews of the Volt/Ampera, have come from Green-Left media. Mostly, decrying everything from it' being built and sold by GM using third world non-union labour, to not really being green as owners can 'deliberately; enjoy long distance motoring trips, thereby "deliberately' using gasoline! (I nearly had the The Observer's motoring editor, Martin Love convinced that the Volt's seat covers were made from baby seal hides, and the plastic's were carcinogenic if touched by the underprivileged. He did however accept that I tapped the phones of GM board members attending their regular 'black mass orgies'. Especially as I offered to show him why his own listening devices malfunctioned ( Made in N.Korea).) The Volt/Ampera has proved to be a sensation, Reaction to the new Vauxhall Ampera has been very positive in the all important UK executive fleet market. If the Ampera just had some UK manufacturing input, the Ampera would be very successful vehicle in the UK, despite it's relatively high price
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        The Volt/ Ampera is a great method for using a combination of modest sized batteries with a range extender to address the fundamental shortcomings with current EV's, whilst offering the range flexibility the buyers really want to feel secure and to reduce their trip distance planning responsibility: giving more freedom to the owner. I view the range extended electric vehicle platform as a significant advance over Toyota's conventional Hybrid Synergy Drive. That said, Toyota is just about to launch the $32K Prius Plug-in; which should effectively achieve 70+ MPGs for most people using it in their daily commutes: similar to the way the much more expensive Volt/ Ampera tends to yield 90ish MPG's for most people using them in their daily commutes. That said, the Chevy Cruze probably has a lower total cost of ownership for people who live in countries where gas prices are lower than $5/gal and that is only because the base price of these Volt/Ampera's is at the entry price level of compact luxury sedans!
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Aaron Schwarz
          The net price of a Volt is less than $32.5k, the net price of the new Plug In Prius is $29.5k. i don't think most people see the Volt as "much more expensive" than the PIP. Plus the Volt is near luxe in finish quality and a pleasure to drive, neither of which can be said about the PIP. Not sure if this is working, I apologize of this is a double post.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much does the battery cost? How long does it last (life in years before replacement required)? Does it run out of capacity after 3 years? What is the environmental impact of Li Mining in Bolivia? What is the Co2 if used in the UK which has mostly Coal burning Fossil generated electricity?
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd say that this is the best green car actually for sale but unfortunatelly at very limited quantities. This is better then battery only for just a little more money then ridicoulous cars like the leaf, tesla imiev etc. The bmw i3 seam even better but will it be for sale someday. This is something dull discussing this subject, we have to wait too much longer for events, even some maniacs make us wait for 2020 and beyond mainly to protect their salary and jobs for years and years instead of giving the product of their job like endless studies, experiments, etc.
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