So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?
I said yes, of course.
Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?
The Opel/Vauxhall Ampera shares it's platform and E-Flex propulsion system with the Chevy Volt. Like the Volt, it has an all electric range of 56 km, a total range of 610 km, and can travel from 0-100 km/h about 9 sec. The Ampera's top speed is also the same as the Volt's at 160 km/h. The Ampera is powered by a 16 kWh battery pack and 1.4L gasoline engine and can be recharged on a 230V European household outlet. MSRP for the Ampera will be uniform throughout Europe at 42,900 Euros (including the VAT).
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid (or extended range electric vehicle), powered by an 111kW (149hp) electric motor and and 84hp gasoline engine. The second generation Volt is now available, which includes many improovements such as longer range, reduce price, and seating for five. The Volt's 18.4kWh battery that will take the car 53 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in to take the car another 370 miles. In hybrid mode, the Volt will achieve 42 MPG and in electric mode the Volt will consume 31kWh/100 mi (106 MPG equivalent).
Have you seen GM’snew video about how the Volt functions? It’s a good, clear, basic explanation. But it delivers a message that really steams me. It blithely advises that “you won’t have to adjust your life” with an extended range vehicle. Oh thank God.
Plug In America leaders (and probably lots of other EV afficionados) have been suggesting to GM for quite some time now that they should make an all-electric version of their upcoming Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (or, as they like to call