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).
GM's EREV, extended range electric vehicle, with a 16.5kWh Li-ion battery from LG Chem, giving the Volt a 38 mi all electric range and 379 mi total range. In hybrid mode, the Volt will achieve 37 MPG and in electric mode the Volt will consume 35kWh/100 mi (98 MPG equivalent). The Volt is a 4-door, 4-seater hatchback powered by a 120 hp electric motor and a 1.4L gasoline engine, which supplements the electric motor once the batteries have been depleted.
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