Vauxhall announce all-electric Ampera-e 0
Surging into the electric car competition, Vauxhall announce their affordable model they hope will spark sales.
The new all-electric Vauxhall Ampera-e will join Vauxhall’s production line as part of its 29-strong model missive which expects to be complete by 2020. The car was unveiled recently at an event in Germany, and is said to be based around the designs of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, a car that has proven popular in the American markets.
At the unveiling of the vehicle, Vauxhall claimed the five-door car will have a longer range than most of its electric vehicle competition. Their optimism may not be unfounded as the Bolt, the model on which their car is based around, is currently able to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge, whereas rival the Nissan Leaf can only manage around 155 miles. Vauxhall’s car will also improve on current electric vehicles by promising a slight redesign. The Ampera-e’s flat battery pack under the floor would mean that the car would be more spacious than other electric models, and the car would have a big boot, something the usually-large electric batteries make impossible for other makes. Though a lot of specifications are yet to be announced, Vauxhall confirmed that the car will include its OnStar tech, which allows its drivers to connect to a call centre to get help with anything they need on the road.
Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Opel Group said, “Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and emissions reduction. The new Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.” Though there is yet to be confirmation of the price for the Ampera-e, the Chevrolet Bolt retails for around the equivalent of £26,000.