15 Aug '11, 7am

My 2012 Vauxhall Ampera review is now up on @BusinessGreen

My 2012 Vauxhall Ampera review is now up on @BusinessGreen

My goal this afternoon is to drive 45 miles without running out of battery power. I'm following a scenic route from the Louwman Museum in The Hague, aiming for a beach-front bar a little way up the Dutch coast in Noordwijk aan Zee. Well, when I say scenic route, I simply mean the long way round. There's not much to look at in these chequerboard lowlands with their arrow roads and quiet canals. At least I have an early example 2012 Ampera to keep me amused. The Opel Ampera - or Vauxhall Ampera in the UK - is an extended-range electric car, based on the more widely known Chevrolet Volt. Plugging into an ordinary 240V socket for four hours is sufficient to charge its 16kWh battery, providing enough power for 25 to 50 miles of pure electric motoring, depending on driving style, speed, gradients, and the use of ancillaries like lights, ventilation and wipers. Unlike most other ...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/review/2101483/test-drive...

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