Friday, 15 July 2011

The Guardian: "Vauxhall Ampera: The electric car to give 'range anxiety' a run for its money?"

Story in The Guardian.

"Fear that electric vehicles will just run out of power before drivers reach their destination – or 'range anxiety' as it is known – has long been one of the most powerful arguments against electric cars by critics. But the engineers behind the new Vauxhall Ampera think they're just about to kill that argument.

"Due on sale in the UK by spring 2012, the Ampera is the first 'range-extended EV', using technology that turns the principle of the Toyota Prius's hybrid engine on its head. Where the hybrid ran an internal combustion engine (ICE) and backed it up with electricity from a battery, the Ampera runs an electric motor from a battery and backs it up with an ICE."

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