Vauxhall Welcomes Government Subsidy for Electric Vehicles

By Vauxhall, PRNE
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

LUTON, England, February 25, 2010 - Vauxhall today welcomed the announcement made by Lord Adonis and Pat
in relation to the grant subsidy available for electric vehicles.

Duncan Aldred, Managing Director of Vauxhall, said `Vauxhall applauds the
Government's commitment to electric drivetrain technology and will continue
to work closely with them to ensure the successful implementation of an
electric vehicle infrastructure across the UK'.

The purely electric-driven Vauxhall Ampera will be launched into the UK
market in 2012 and customers will receive the full GBP5000 subsidy when the
vehicle is purchased.

Unlike a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Ampera's E-REV system uses its
battery to provide electric drive for a range of up to 40 miles. When the
battery is depleted, a 1.4 litre petrol engine-driven generator cuts in and
generates electricity to drive the electric motor, extending the range by up
to 300 miles or until the battery is recharged from a mains-electricity
charging point. Importantly, the petrol engine does not drive the wheels, it
only helps generate electricity. With the engine/generator operating in the
extended range mode, the vehicle emits only 40gm of CO2 per kilometer. With
over 70 per cent of European car journeys being within the vehicle's
battery-only driven range, the majority of drivers will generate zero exhaust
emissions and use no petrol, but will have the peace of mind that an extended
range is available without having to recharge the battery from a mains

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