Vauxhall Ampera: an electric future - Introduction

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  • Beginning of end for petrol and diesel?
  • Vauxhall's electric car on sale by 2012
  • Range of 310 miles and 176mpg
Price: £25,000-plus
On sale: 2012
You'll like: Green goes mainstream
You won't: It'll be expensive

You're looking at General Motors' vision of the future: the electric Ampera – and it'll be in a showroom near you by 2012.

The car will be sold in Europe as the Vauxhall or Opel Ampera and everywhere else as the Chevrolet Volt and, if you believe the marketing hype, it could signal the beginning of the end of our dependence on petrol and diesel.

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