Vauxhall and Europcar rental company have announced an agreement which will see the Vauxhall Ampera being made available as a rental car arcoss Europe. With the electric Vauxhall Ampera being introduced as a rental car, Vauxhall will be creating a new segment in the European automotive market.
Vauxhall and Europcar will join forces to facilitate the introduction and expansion of electric mobility, and making electric mobility available to a larger market. The Vauxhall Ampera will initially be available in Germany in November 2011, before being rolled out across France, italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom for 2012.
Vauxhall Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Alain Visser said: "Electric cars are among the best long-term solutions to meet society's energy and environmental challenges. The fact that Europcar is going to introduce the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera in its day-to-day business is further proof that our extended-range electric vehicle is completely suitable for everyday use - even as a fleet vehicle in the tough rental car business".
Upon booking a Vauxhall Ampera rental car, the customer is advised to plan for a a 10-15 minute introduction to the vehicle's technologies as well as how to efficiently operate it by a trained Europcar employee. Information covered will include battery charging, the range extender, energy consumption and energy efficiency displays.
"At Europcar, we are committed to responsible and sustainable business practices. We see customers' growing appetite for low CO2, environmentally-friendly solutions, especially in urban areas, and strongly believe that electric vehicles will help enhance access to greenest mobility solutions. Today, we are proud to partner with Opel/Vauxhall/Vauxhall to facilitate expansion of electric vehicles and provide customers, as early as November 2011, with the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera distinctive features", said Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar.
The vauxhall Ampera has a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack to power a 111kW/150hp electric motor which constantly drives the rear wheels which can provide between 40 and 80 km of electric operation with zero emissions. A petrol engine powers a generator that supplies electricity for longer journeys.
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