Vauxhall crowns Green Driving Champion

António Gon&ccedilalves responded to an advert which read ‘Green Driver: Wanted’ two months ago along with 70,000 other contestants from across Europe to win Vauxhall’s groundbreaking Ampera.

The competition, named the ecoFLEX experience after Vauxhall’s low-CO2 signature, chose 20 contestants to take part in a race weekend in Malmo, Sweden to find the eventual winner.

However, the race has a twist, because the best driver was not the first past the finish line. Instead, contestants drove the Astra, Corsa, Insignia and Meriva across four different challenges including seeing who could travel furthest on one tank of fuel.

Gon&ccedilalves registered average fuel consumption of 71.5mpg to win the competition, ahead of second place Yakup Pelit from Denmark and Keijo Tapio Leppavuori, who were given an Astra ecoFLEX and Corsa ecoFLEX respectively.

The top prize, however, was the Ampera extended range electric vehicle (E-REV). The model will not be released for over a year and will only be available in the UK in 2012.

Gon&ccedilalves said: "I definitely wanted to win because I wanted that Ampera. That’s why my main focus was to drive as consistently as possible."

After accepting a symbolic key as a prize, Gon&ccedilalves will have to wait before getting his hands on one of the first electric Amperas to roll off the production line.