First Vauxhall pure electric car within two years

* Vauxhall boss confirms pure EV plans * Car will likely be based on Corsa, Adam or Viva * Second-generation Ampera confirmed...

10 July 2014
First Vauxhall pure electric car within two years

The first pure electric Vauxhall will launch within the next two years, and is likely to be based on one of the firm’s trio of new small cars: the Corsa, Adam or upcoming Viva.

Company boss Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed the plans to What Car?, saying: ‘The Ampera has been caught between being considered a pure EV or a range-extender according to some legislation. It’s great technology that has a great future, but it’s clear too that it can sometimes be hard to sell. So we need a pure electric car solution.'

Neumann confirmed the proposed electric car would be ‘not too big’ and cited the Corsa, Adam and Viva as potential examples.

He also confirmed that a second generation Vauxhall Ampera would be built eventually. ‘We still believe in the technology,’ he said. ‘It’s already clear that there has to be a second chapter in the Ampera story, but for now it’s too early to say how that will look.’