Vauxhall Ampera shines in Eco Rally

The Vauxhall Ampera, which is continually growing in popularity, took part in the Future Car Challenge where three of the EV models went cruising along the 60-mile Brighton to London route.

One of the models was driven by Private Derek Derenalagi from Help the Heroes who personally thought that driving the Ampera was “an amazing experience”.

Private Derenalagi, who used the Ampera driver’s adaptor kit, said: “Ampera is comfortable and easy to drive and it’s also extremely responsive and silent”.

The Vauxhall Ampera model is well known for its economical abilities. This being the fact that it qualifies for the Plug-in Car Grant, zero congestion charge and road tax exemption.

The Ampera uses an electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. This hybrid engine can run on pure electric power for the first 50 miles before the petrol engine kicks in and begins charging the battery up (as opposed to driving the car itself).

The Ampera’s engine setup does 175mpg and has CO2 emissions below 40g/km, which means that the Ampera can travel up to 310 miles before it needs to be recharged and refuelled.

The Ampera is not just economical, but is also stylish. By looking at the Ampera it is clear that style and innovation has not been disregarded. This attention to detail with style means that the Ampera will compete with all economical models as well as other non hybrid petrol and diesel models.

The Vauxhall Ampera will be in UK showrooms in the spring of 2012.