2013 Vauxhall Ampera | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine

October 25th, 2012 | Category: Opel | 1560 Views

2013 Vauxhall Ampera | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the Vauxhall Ampera. 2013 Vauxhall Ampera is one brand new car from Vauxhall/Opel that was released in 2013. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2013 Vauxhall Ampera.

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The revolutionary Vauxhall Ampera will be the first electrically driven automobile with zero-emission capability in Europe that’s suitable for everyday driving. With its Voltec electric propulsion system providing lively acceleration and high levels of refinement, the five door Vauxhall Ampera seats four passengers in comfort, offers a useful boot for their luggage, and features an extended range of more than 300 miles.

“Driving electrically is not only about ecology,” said Frank Weber, GM global vehicle line executive and chief engineer. “Driving electrically is also great fun. Instantaneous torque of 370 Newton metres under your right foot feels like being in a sports car, but in almost complete silence.”

Electricity drives the Vauxhall Ampera’s wheels at all times and speeds. For trips up to around 40 miles, power is supplied by the electricity stored in the 16 kWh, lithium ion battery. While driving on electricity delivered by the battery, the Vauxhall Ampera emits zero CO2. When the battery’s energy is depleted, a petrol or E85 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 range for several hundred additional miles, until the battery can be charged via a standard household 240v outlet.

One of the visually stunning adverts that has accompanied the launch of the new Vauxhall Ampera features an interview with William Trubridge, the first man to dive unassisted to a depth of more than 100m on a single breath of air. As the handsome New Zealander bobs about on the sea’s surface, he says: “There’s a great parallel between a free dive where you need to extend one breath of air to get as deep as possible and an ecological car that has to get as far as possible on a single charge.”

It’s a perfect metaphor for “range anxiety” the fear of running out of battery power that has so far been the Achilles’ heel of electric cars. Though possibly a bit extreme. Could William’s last, lung busting rush back to the surface ever really match the nail biting agony of grinding to a powerless standstill at the red on the Norbiton interchange?… Or the bad boy thrill of pushing that flickering charge needle down below a quarter full?…

Billed as one of the most eagerly awaited cars of 2012, the Vauxhall Ampera combines a battery powered engine with a compact petrol powered generator, to supply electricity when the driver wants to travel beyond the battery range. The Vauxhall Ampera is described as an extended range electric vehicle and according to statistics the average distance a UK driver travels is around 25 miles or less, where as the Vauxhall Ampera is designed to travel 25-50 miles on battery power alone. Once this distance has been reached, the Range Extender automatically starts to generate electricity. Having this back up option decreases ‘range anxiety’, a phrase coined by the car industry to describe the feeling of fear encountered by customers regarding electric vehicles running out of power. The Vauxhall Ampera also boasts an impressive fuel consumption with 176 miles to the gallon.

The Opel Ampera further demonstrates GM’s leadership in the electrification of the automobile,” said Carl Peter Forster. “Its ground breaking Voltec electric propulsion system is the kind of game changing technology the automotive industry needs to respond to energy and environmental challenges.”

The five door, four seat Ampera is influenced by Opel’s award winning design language of sculptural artistry meets German precision, incorporating several styling cues from the innovative Flextreme and GTC Concept show cars
“There could not be a more fitting way to celebrate Opel’s 110 years of innovation in the car industry than by revealing the Ampera,” said Alain Visser, GME Vice President Opel.

The Ampera’s wheels are turned electrically at all times and speeds. For journeys up to 60 km (MVEG), it runs on electricity stored in the 16 kWh, lithium ion battery, and emits zero CO2. When the battery’s energy is depleted, electricity from an engine generator extends the Ampera’s range to more than 500 km.

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2013 Vauxhall Ampera Price :
Opel sister brand Vauxhall is adding a new trim level for its Ampera EREV. Called Earth and priced at £29,995 (with the UK’s £5,000 Plug In Car Grant), the new configuration will slot in below the Ampera’s Positiv and Electron trim levels to become the entry level trim in the reigning European Car of the Year.

The Ampera Earth features standard items such as a seven-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, as well as a black cloth interior plus four exterior color choices. It’s available for order today.
+. Vauxhall Ampera Trim Level Pricing :
>. Ampera Earth     $34,995 – $29,995.
>. AmperaPositiv     $37,250 – $32,250.
>. AmperaElectron     $38,995 – $33,995.

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Vauxhall would much rather you called the Ampera an extended range electric vehicle than a hybrid, and for good reason. The Ampera is a much more advanced and ambitious piece of engineering than that simple identifier would imply. Strictly speaking, it is a hybrid. But it’s a series hybrid a car in which one propulsion system connects to the wheels entirely via the other. And it’s one we should call ‘electric petrol’ rather than ‘petrol electric’. The Ampera’s primary power source is a 148bhp AC synchronous electric friction motor, which draws electricity from a liquid heated and cooled 16kWh lithium ion battery via a DC to AC current inverter.

Materials quality and fit/finish are good in places but poor in others. Sure, the latter is only by the standards of £35k saloons, but that’s where this car finds itself. The driver interacts with the car via two seven inch LCD displays, one in place of conventional instruments, the other on the centre stack. There’s no tacho because you don’t need one. A charge indicator tells you how much battery range remains; once depleted, it’s replaced by a fuel gauge as the car enters range extender mode.

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When we tested the Tesla Roadster, we were pleased to find that, while the sound of a well tuned internal combustion engine was missed, there was much for the purist to enjoy about an electric motor’s instantaneous response. The same is true of the more modestly powered Ampera. Not that what, in other cars, you’d call in-gear acceleration isn’t fine in the Ampera, mind, 30-70mph takes merely 9.9sec and 50-70mph just 6.2sec. That level of performance won’t trouble the fresh wake of most £35,000 saloons or hatchbacks, but it’s adequate, and seldom on the road did we find it wanting.

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It is a plug in electric car, or more precisely an “extended-range electric vehicle” or E-Rev. It takes about three hours to charge its battery and for that you get 40 miles of clean and virtually free motoring the equivalent of 235 miles to the gallon on its 151bhp electric motor. After 40 miles or so, depending on your driving style, a green battery light blinks red on the dash the usual cue for an episode of unfettered range anxiety but miraculously the Ampera carries on seemlessly, for another 320 miles if you wish.

This is because an efficient 1.4 litre petrol engine fires up and drives a small generator which in turn charges the battery which then keeps the electric engine going which in turn (big breath) keeps the wheels turning. It sounds complicated, but to the driver the only clue is that changing graphic and the slightest of engine sounds from deep within the car.

“Advanced lithium ion battery technology is the key to getting the Vauxhall Ampera into the hands of consumers”, said Hans Demant, GME vice president of engineering. “The engineers at our research and development centre in Mainz Kastel, Germany, are testing the battery round the clock, 365 days a year, to ensure that it meets the needs and expectations of our customers.”

The Vauxhall Ampera’s battery pack will be manufactured by GM at the first lithium ion production facility to be operated by a major automaker in the United States (US). More than 220 lithium ion cells in the T-shaped pack provide ample power. The nearly silent electric drive unit delivers 370 Nm of instant torque, the equivalent of 15bhp, zero to 60mph acceleration in around nine seconds, and a top speed of 100mph.

The Vauxhall Ampera will be well suited to the daily driving schedule of most customers. For example, research by GM in Europe showed that approximately 80 percent of drivers travel less than 30 miles daily. Based on current fuel prices, Vauxhall predicts that the Vauxhall Ampera will cost roughly one fifth of the current cost per mile of an equivalent petrol engined car.
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