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Peter Vardy Edinburgh will be an official retailer of the new Electric Vauxhall Ampera
We are delighted to announce that our Vauxhall Edinburgh dealership has been selected as an official retailer of the new state-of-the-art, electric Ampera.
The new Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric vehicle will be the first electrically driven car in the UK suitable for everyday driving that has the potential to be emissions-free*. With its unique electric propulsion system providing lively acceleration and high levels of refinement, the five-door Ampera seats four passengers, offers a useful boot for their luggage, and features an extended range of around 350 miles. The Ampera will be well-suited to the daily driving schedule of most European customers. For example, approximately 80 percent of UK drivers travel less than 40 miles per day.
The Ampera’s wheels are driven by electricity at all times and speeds. For trips up to 50 miles, power is supplied by the electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery. While driving on electricity delivered by the battery, the Ampera emits zero CO2 *. When the battery’s energy is depleted, a petrol-fuelled engine-generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery. This mode of operation extends the total range to approximately 350 miles, until the battery can be recharged (in less than four hours at 240v) by plugging the vehicle's on-board charge system into a standard household outlet. Unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle, the Ampera eliminates range anxiety. It gives drivers the confidence and peace of mind that a depleted battery will not leave them stranded.
More than 280 lithium-ion cells in the T-shaped battery pack provide ample power. The nearly silent electric drive unit delivers 370Nm of instant torque, the equivalent of 150PS, zero to 60mph acceleration in around nine seconds, and a top speed of 100mph.
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We look forward to the arrival of the new Ampera, due for release at the start of the 2012. You can follow us on Twitter @petervardyltd for updates in the coming months on this groundbreaking new car from Vauxhall.