Production-ready Vauxhall Ampera breaks cover

Vauxhall’s first ever Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, which uses an electric motor and battery pack that can be charged via a small petrol engine, will appear for the first time as it will be seen on UK roads.

The Ampera outstrips the range of electric vehicles by offering a range of 350 miles, but is capable of driving without the petrol engine extending the battery life for short distances as well.

Despite the unconventional system, it will still be capable of reaching 100mph and can hit 60mph from standing in nine seconds. This comes courtesy of 150PS from the powertrain and 370Nm of torque.

Seen as an innovative answer to electric car range anxiety, the Vauxhall Ampera is larger than most electric cars, with hatchback-size dimensions and an interior in keeping with the likes of the similar Vauxhall Astra.

"The Ampera is currently the only real-world solution for everyday driving," said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. "This will be the first car in Britain to successfully combine a revolutionary propulsion system, progressive styling, excellent safety and superb driving dynamics."

The Ampera has already proved popular in the US with the motoring media after early test drives, where it is badged as the Chevrolet Volt. It is expected to make a similar impact on the UK market.

The four-seat, five-door Ampera will cost £28,995 when it goes on sale in 2012. The price includes the government’s plug-in car grant, which knocks £5,000 off the asking price.