Hidden Truth
The Moment Magazine, Vauxhall Ampera, July 2012
‘The Vauxhall Ampera has a petrol engine that acts purely as a generator to fuel the electric engine when you’ve run out of power. It works like this – charge the Ampera as you would an electric toothbrush by plugging it into a standard house socket. When charged, the batteries have a range of around 50 miles. When that runs out, the 1.4-litre, 85bhp petrol generator then kicks in, extending this by another 300 miles. Because it only generates power and not drives the car, the petrol engine will return the equivalent of 235mpg. That makes it one of the most cost effective cars on sale today. Of course, that means nothing if doesn’t feel like a proper car – a milk float is also cheap to run, but if they get any slower the milk would curdle.’

Vauxhall Ampera

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