Inside the Vauxhall Ampera in Pictures
Two 7in screens, hurrah. Touch sensitive controls, grrrr
Up front, it's all overtly hi-tech
Room for two - but only two - in the back
Plenty of room in the boot, and the seats fold nearly flat
The charge cable is kept in a floor cubby
Next page: Space constrained
Re: Ahh, nice try
Useless for me too. I'm a train driver and need a vehicle that can carry upwards of 300 people whilst running on standard guage rail track.
It would appear that GM haven't considered my needs at all in designing this.
Just wondering ...
"I can’t really say the same about the touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console though.
They apparently use less electrical power than standard switches .."
As far as I know, 'standard switches' use zero power and have done for many years. Perhaps Vauxhall didn't explain it properly.
The price of Volt/Ampera in US (after $7.5K tax rebate) is $32.000, in UK it is $50.000 (after £5000 e-car grant)! 60% mor for the same car?!?!?
Why? Because GM can! In US, they calculated the payback time for the hybrid (compared to standard GM Cruze) is 14 years.
With much higher fuel prices in UK, they can mark up the price 60% and the payback period is still about the same...
That £12,000 premium over a diesel Focus gets you enough diesel for about 90.000 miles!
And even if Volt was only driven in the e-mode for 90k miles, it would consume about 25MWh of leccy, costing about £2-3k. Not to mention the petrol price in a more realistic scenario, where you do not drive the 90k miles on electricity alone...
If the Ampera cost the same as in US ( about £20K), they'd quickly outsell all other car models combined!
Similar calculation is also true for Renault Zoe - marketed as costing EUR 15k on the continent (after 5k rebate), but they fail to mention the battery lease price of EUR 10k over 10 year period (+ leccy cost)...
Total cost, again, is higher than a comparable diesel Clio IV will be.
I'd been dreaming of owning an e-car for more than 10 years, but not at that clearly ripoff prices, thank you manufacturers!