The Vauxhall Ampera has been named Green Car of the Year 2011 by What Car?.
What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: "The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars. It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do."
The Vauxhall Ampera's Voltec system helps the car to achieve 175mpg with combined emissions of 40g/km.
The zero emissions range of the Vauxhall Ampera is between 25-50 miles, and the range-extender generator allows the car to offer a range of 310 miles without the need to re-charge the battery or replenish the fuel tank.
"The Ampera takes Vauxhall into a new era," said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. "It can genuinely be considered a car that can perform a full range of family duties, with its four-seats and five-door body. Yet its 100mph performance and brisk acceleration mean that it can hold its own in the cut and thrust of everyday motoring, unlike many EVs currently on sale."
Currently, customers can pay £150 to reserve one of the first build slots for the car with the order books opening in the UK by the end of 2011.
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