Vauxhall taking orders for new hybrid

UK car manufacturer Vauxhall has announced it is taking orders for its new hybrid Ampera. The company will display the car in showrooms from May at 23 specialist retailers. The […]

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By Tom Gibson

UK car manufacturer Vauxhall has announced it is taking orders for its new hybrid Ampera. The company will display the car in showrooms from May at 23 specialist retailers.

The Ampera E-REV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle) has a 1.4-litre 74bhp petrol engine which powers a 16kWh lithium-ion battery. This in turn runs a 148bhp electric motor, which acts as an alternative power supply.

Running on just the battery, drivers can travel between 25-50 miles, but with the engine activated and charging the battery the vehicle should hit around 360 miles, Vauxhall claims.

Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director said: “The Ampera takes Vauxhall into a new era. 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.”