What's the used Vauxhall Ampera hatchback like?
Opinions on future methods of propulsion for the private car are much divided, but undoubtedly one of the better and so far more overlooked ideas is that of the range-extender electric vehicle. Here, an on-board engine is used to charge up the electric motor that primarily drives the car’s wheels. The problems of range anxiety that beset a normal pure electric car are thereby nullified by always having an engine available to top up the battery charge if needed.
From this premise was born the Vauxhall Ampera, and its near-identical sibling the Chevrolet Volt, in 2012. Both cars were four-seat hatchbacks powered by lithium-ion batteries that could be recharged by plugging into the mains, or on the go by the aforementioned on-board 1.4-litre petrol engine. It won the European Car of the Year Award in 2012.