#vauxhall #ampera #electricVehicle #review – Finally had a Test Drive of this “legendary” #ev. My Thoughts on it…

February 28th, 2013 Comments Off on #vauxhall #ampera #electricVehicle #review – Finally had a Test Drive of this “legendary” #ev. My Thoughts on it…

One Upon TimeRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... », i got hands on AmperaPlugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... » built by VauxhallBad news for plug-ins: Ampera to cut battery pack range vs US Sister Volt spec, instead going for sales and smaller economy: 15 miles ev mode in 2013 release. Read more ... », Parented by General Motors (GMSadly: No 200-mile electric car in Ford's immediate future. Read more ... »). In Essence, the Vold by Chrysler. Its the same thing. Parented by GM. same parents, same roots. Somewhat different designs (i prefer VoltPlugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... » Aesthetics)

Moving swiftly on. I will go through this bullet point"What it's like riding in a million-dollar autonomous Nissan" (yes, it is self driving). Read more ... » listed. One event to the next, whatever made me “make the note” as i was testing the vehicle...Some Secrets We Think We Know About Tesla's Model 3. Read more ... ».

I have a feeling this may make its way into the “FleetChinese e-cars to turn London cabs green: Boris-backed deal will see 50 electric minicabs hit the capital's streets. Read more ... »”, at my workBath electric cars: Broken charging points to be replaced. Read more ... », but read on…

It was the Ampera Electron (Top Trim. 35k). Big Beast. Nice cosy seats. Big BootBMW 3-series plug-in prototype (Expected in 2016). Read more ... ». All very noticeable right away.

CarRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » tends to make goodElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » useElectric vehicles a 'viable transport option' in the North East. Read more ... » of the electricRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » chargeRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » first before 1Here's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... ».4L (43mpg avg) engineElectric vehicles a 'viable transport option' in the North East. Read more ... »/generator purrs into lifeRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... ». As it should be. Thus all commuting (my journeyExcellent news: Airport installs Merseyside's first rapid car charging point. Read more ... ») to-fro work – some near 30BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... » milesOn Hold: London to Amsterdam by #EV #electricCar #green "Proof of Concept". Oh Brave #evMeerkatTrip Leg 1&2. Read more ... » a dayAn #EV Drive to [The #EV hole of] Essex... for the very last time [READ]. Read more ... » is well accomodated. I found that despite the “full charge” delivering 29Electric Car Nissan #LEAF for 199+vat/month Special Offer. Read more ... » miles (hopefully based on profiling) in real lifeRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » – i DID have full climate controlScotland’s first all-electric car club launches in St Andrews. Read more ... » on and heating conveniently switched on as well. It Was 3c outside there

The screen and a satnavLondon - Peak Disctrict - London. My first #electricCar Long distance #evtrip. Read more ... » system"What it's like riding in a million-dollar autonomous Nissan" (yes, it is self driving). Read more ... » does not tell you what voltage empowering usage is drawn from all devices so I don##Q##t know how much powerAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... » is climate controlMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » is drawing – thus no try to attempt to conserve power games. Either that or i couldn##Q##t figure out how to do it.

The SatNav screen and dashboard controls – pretty confusing. In fairness, i am yet to see the inCar system which IS straight forward to you. I did* like LEAFNice one: Peter Boyall's Road #evRoadTrip - Glasgow to Peterborough by LEAF. Read more ... »##Q##s greenPlanning future charging infrastructure & funding? OLEV QnA #ev #evdauk. Read more ... » controls, and stats on electric/batteryGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... » performanceElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... ».

Controls i found very confusing and despit it being touch screen, touch-pressing any radio bottom buttons (stations) on the screen which is tad tilted down is little stressful –  nail. Never mind my wife who given up trying to changePlanning future charging infrastructure & funding? OLEV QnA #ev #evdauk. Read more ... » stations. Its awkwardly positioned and we end it at that.

DAB digital radioElectric cars shortlisted for Europe award. Read more ... » is as standard on Electron Trim. Superb Quality sound all round and did i love those BoseHealthy 30% increase: Demand for Electric Nissan Leaf increases #ev #electricCar. Read more ... » speakersAftermarket Upgrade Planning: T.A.Q.S.I - Installing Sound System into #Twizy #ev Brainstormfest #taqsi. Read more ... » in surround sound systemLondon: EVMeerkat does the BMW i8 Test Drive.. Read more ... » installed. Great Job.  Sadly it doesnt self updatePlanning future charging infrastructure & funding? OLEV QnA #ev #evdauk. Read more ... »/populate the radio stations like it did with FMElectric cars shortlisted for Europe award. Read more ... » radio (or even preset) so you get presented the “blank blue tabs” on the screen. See pics. Give rise to “yet to be refined” conceptVW electric car on the new MEB platform will have 311 miles of range for 2019. Read more ... ».

Back to controls. “Control Center” in the middle, as you notice in the pictures. Again. utterly confusing. Some things are controlled by pressing the shiny plastic-y sheet with tabs on it and it works. Albeit not always, and you have to press a few times, and the other times you need to be pressing the touch screen, as awkwardly as it is positioned, – see above – to get to the relevant menu/option you are trying to find. Even i given up sometimes. Definitely low score on the “intuitive controls” here

The 1.4L engine/generator kicks in when i am in sportsLondon: EVMeerkat does the BMW i8 Test Drive.. Read more ... » modeTrip Two: Brent Cross To Hemel Hempstead. Read more ... » or running low on battery. The revving noise does not necessarily coincide with “stepping on it”, yet it does so with lag when power is ordered down the accelerator. I found acceleration experienceRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » quite neat. No complaints here, – quite smooth, with few small exceptions (as expected) when running on FUELGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... » on the motorwayMost Welcome News for EV Drivers: @Ecotricity expands rapid charger network. Read more ... » and attempting to overtake suddenly, after braking.

Now, Braking. It felt spongy. I mean, i did expect the regenerative braking to recover some power. Maybe its just the way this modelBMW 3-series plug-in prototype (Expected in 2016). Read more ... » behaves and maybe it lacks power from the Engine-generator, but i barely seen the “hybridElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... »” use when i ran out of battery juice. Ampera just ran on petrolBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... »->chargingRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... »battery->discharging to driveMitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV triples the i-MIEV's range, adds wireless charging. Read more ... » the car. Unlike other HybridsPlugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... » which have native terrain to drive the car as Well As charge the battery. I am little baffled here, – MPGs drivingElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » in “petrol-charge-to-drive” mode was some 42MPG. Nothing fancy at all.

Personal behavioural observation. I have noticed that would such a small(isn) battery potentially gives more hassle – to me personally – than actual driving around I believe the car should be very good electric or a self maintaining superb hybrid first with pluginPlugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... » option to make this saving further. I don##Q##t see anyone looking for a charging pointsElectric vehicles a 'viable transport option' in the North East. Read more ... » every 30 miles, and without that aspect, this is some 40mpg odd consumptionMercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range). Read more ... » again. no further “hybrid”. I don##Q##t feel it.

Similarly, due to the nature and possibly purpose of the car, there is no rapidRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » charging option, and battery sacrificed the 5th seat.

Again, personally i found this somewhat hindering the cause and this made me question “we already have manufacturersManufacturers should make few good #ElectricCar (s) instead of elusive "mpg-saving" hybrids. And I Do expect 30+ miles #EV mode on such cars!. Read more ... » who can make a decent small sized yet superb MPGHow much does your cast (fuel) cost you. Read more ... » engines, why not have THAT scaled down in some very creative design and fitted into a car with a battery. Fair enough smaller battery = less rangePlugins Electric Range: 15miles for 2013 #Prius and #Ampera, vs 30+ miles for #Volt and #V60 #Hybrid #Volvo.. Read more ... », but generator alone should not be 40mpg drain. i expected highs of 60mpg the least.

And based on the above i say that as much as Vauxhall/GM aimed to deliver – they indeed have, – but at a cost...Some Secrets We Think We Know About Tesla's Model 3. Read more ... ». Both to the consumer and at car##Q##s engineering design.

So i guess it is indeed designed for regular plugging and charging at homeElectric Highway links London to Leeds. Electric Car Drivers can celebrate.. Read more ... » or destination to make most of it. Otherwise, its an average MPG vehicle, which merely has different method of energy conversion, – there is no saving here.

What do i compare this to? I say watchVideo: #Rapid #Charging setup for #EV at J23 on m25! Can charge battery to 100%!. Read more ... » out for BMWElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » I3BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... ». Similar concept, yet much smaller car and associated priceElectric Highway links London to Leeds. Electric Car Drivers can celebrate.. Read more ... » tag.

Cons vs pros? see above. i have indeed listed the  most influential “cons” in the postPlanning future charging infrastructure & funding? OLEV QnA #ev #evdauk. Read more ... » earlier, and i guess i can add a small bit that steering wheel needs a radical REDESIGN Vauxhall. the U shape joining the bottom of the steering wheel has a silver bezel – you can see the pics, and as you notice it narrows as it comes into contact with the very bottom fitting on the steering wheel. So, the issueGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... »? if you wish to rest you hands on longish journeys on that bottom bit, and try turning the steering or need suddenly withdraw your fingers, – you will lose some skin scraped off/sheared off behind. Not nice. Got me really annoyed, – despite so much thought for the “ecoTrip One: Southend-on-sea. EV Conquered. Read more ... »” and “green” – we##Q##re getting basic steering wheel designs wrong. this is unacceptable, and definitely worthy of a mention.

In other newsChinese e-cars to turn London cabs green: Boris-backed deal will see 50 electric minicabs hit the capital's streets. Read more ... », what i did like about I guess was the keyless entry knowledge which I realised I can double-click double press the doorEvery new Model S is now Autopilot enabled. Read more ... » handle bottom to open all the doors , really convenient stuff well nailed here. One further, i did like the “theft protection” against randomly pulled out charging cableNice one: Peter Boyall's Road #evRoadTrip - Glasgow to Peterborough by LEAF. Read more ... ». When i disconnected car from the night##Q##s charge, one such early morning, i was indeed welcomed with a siren. unexpected yet welcomed security concept.

Am I still recommending this car? Crazy as it sounds. Yes, certainly. on individual basis. 

Unless you wish to waitMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » for something"What it's like riding in a million-dollar autonomous Nissan" (yes, it is self driving). Read more ... » else… possibly quite a bit longerHow much does your cast (fuel) cost you. Read more ... ». Not much choice we have.

There are very few of these type of carsRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » and far apart. For a typical driving routine, whether you are charging at home or at work (costing about £1.20The cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage. Read more ... ») you gaining yourself the entire return trip#Spontaneous #ev #roadtrip #travels from #Hampstead to #Oxford - "take THAT, range anxiety!". Read more ... » and no alternativeFaraday Future offers a glimpse of its autonomous electric car: Concept Reveal at CES2016 ! 1 day to go!. Read more ... » method will save you that much.

Similarly to the back of the recent article where such member of public has indeed saved himself a “bunch” by switching for Ampera instead of an audiEv competition - more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla. Read more ... », – i won##Q##t go for such MPG extremes, but i 30miles return trip daily of work commuting will set you back £6Electric-only Opel Ampera: Charged up and almost ready to go. Read more ... » a week or round it to £25New electric cars coming for 2018 onwards. Read more ... »/month of Electric Charge CostsGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... » alone. Thats pretty much it.

If you wish to drive further, again, perfect car, just charge it for the best savings first, due to concerns earlier in the article. Concept is very much the same. you Charge, you drive, – as car looses the battery charge driving into “uncharged territory” – don##Q##t worry – the generator seamlessly taking over and you can go on for miles and miles on end, much like any car. The combined cycleAre EVs better for the environment?. Read more ... » will still give you great savings.

I guess likes of Volt and Ampera will indeed suit those who daily commuting to a single place of work, where often charging is provided, if not one better and you charging and parkingPlanning future charging infrastructure & funding? OLEV QnA #ev #evdauk. Read more ... » spot is outright reserved for you. this 30 miles a day = 150 a week => 600 a month on 35mpg car 135p/L would have cost you some £110 odd pounds. You save yourself whole £110 if you charged at work the entire time or £85 if you were charging at home. We are easily talking £1000+ saving a year on Fossil Fuel Bills now.

This all with a piece of mind knowing that you don##Q##t really have the “anxietyTrip One: Southend-on-sea. EV Conquered. Read more ... » range” notionThought it was enough speculating and talking nonsense, booked my test drive for Ampera #Electric #Hybrid - for few days. Read more ... » to be concerned about and you can go for those longer further trips with ease.

No Rapid or FastAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... » Charging possible with Ampera/Volt, – so don##Q##t get too excited with idea of charging at motorway##Q##s EVRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » Charging FacilitiesShanghai: Electric car owners are switching on to personal charging systems. Read more ... ». Rrrright. Unless they are 13A 3Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range). Read more ... »-pin plug, its wishful thinking. If you get this car, your charging point will always remain side-streets/home/work, end of.

 

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

Vauxhall Ampera EV - PREV

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What do i think in the really really final end? Get an ImievDriving my swift flat-rate costing yet speedy Gonzales #EV #ElectricCar 😀 woohoo!! Go #imiev #czero #ion #LEAF. Read more ... »/CzeroRapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds. Read more ... » full-on electric at nearly HALF of this car##Q##s cost for all those commuting needs and you will still have 15k lef to buyTesla Model S vs Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Read more ... » another, second, car with all the toys described above.

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