Vauxhall plans green car challenge

The challenge will see three of Vauxhall’s most eco-friendly cars display their future green technology on the Brighton to London challenge.

The Vauxhall Ampera, an extended-range electric vehicle, will be driven by former Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson over the 62-mile course.

The five-door hatchback, which can seat four, uses an electric motor to drive the car for up to 50 miles on purely electric power.

But Wilson will not be stranded because the car also boasts a petrol engine that can recharge the battery on the move and extend the range to 350 miles.

When the petrol engine is running the car returns a staggering 230mpg and just 27g/km of CO2 emissions – meaning it will not be subject to the London congestion charge when it reaches the capital.

More standard technology will be seen in the Vauxhall Astra Ecoflex, a diesel hatchback that emits less than 100g/km of CO2 emissions and as a result qualifies for free UK road tax.

The final car on Vauxhall’s list is the futuristic Vauxhall HydroGen4, a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells and not actually available to buy from Perrys Vauxhall dealerships.

Vauxhall hopes the ultra-efficient car will be available in 2016 when a hydrogen charging infrastructure is in place in the UK.

Denis Chick, Director of Communications for Vauxhall Motors, said: “The FCC has grown into a mature event and Vauxhall is pleased to be able to showcase its latest production and conceptual technologies, in the electric Ampera and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, to a wide audience.”

The event will take place on 3rd November 2012 and the cars with the most efficient driving statistics will be named the winner of the green car event.