Vauxhall have announced plans to trial their next generation electric vehicle on UK roads next year. The new Ampera-e electric car will be unveiled at this month’s Paris Motor Show in conjunction with Vauxhall’s sister company Opel, who will be retailing the Ampera-e in their European territories in 2017.
Opel and Vauxhall will be hoping the class-leading figures are enough to sway potential buyers from BMW’s i3 and Nissan’s Leaf. Numbers released by Opel say that the Ampera-e is capable of exceeding 250 miles on pure electric power before it requires a recharge. To add perspective, the new Tesla Model 3 has a range of 215 miles.
Electric powered vehicles are known for their fast acceleration and the Ampera-e is no different. From a standing start the vehicle can reach 30mph in just 3.2 seconds, while 50-75mpg takes just 4.5 seconds.
‘Vauxhall is committed to having a future EV presence in its range,’ said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. ‘The technology which underpins the new Ampera-e is of great interest to us, and we will be evaluating LHD cars from next spring and demonstrating them to clients. The fact that Ampera-e is not an eco-luxury or second car for customers broadens its appeal greatly, but it’s obviously vital that the car we sell in our market is right-hand-drive, and that won’t be available in the current generation.’
We hope that Vauxhall’s trials are a success. The Ampera-e is an exciting prospect in the world of greener motoring and a genuine EV contender is long overdue from one of Britain’s most popular car brands.