The new Vauxhall Ampera has made it onto a shortlist of just seven cars which remain in the running to become the 2012 European Car of the Year.
Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director said “we are delighted that the Ampera is among the 2012 Car of the Year finalists, we are extremely proud of the Ampera which truly is a revolutionary electric vehicle already having won some 25 awards throughout Europe.”
The Vauxhall Ampera is the first electric vehicle that can go anywhere anytime. A 16 kWh lithium ion battery powers the 111kW/150PS electric motor. It is capable of a distance of 25 to 50 miles depending on driving and road conditions. The Vauxhall Ampera is always driven electrically and when the battery has reached its minimum state of charge, the range extender automatically turns on and powers a generator to feed the electric drive unit extending the Ampera’s total driving range to 360 miles.
The winner of the Car of the Year award will be announced on March 5, 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show, making it the first official news from the show.