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Nov092012

Vauxhall’s Ampera takes Green Vehicle of the Year gong at ACFO awards

Vauxhall’s Ampera model has received the latest in its long line of prizes at the 2012 Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) awards, claiming the Green Vehicle of the Year gong.

The ground-breaking Ampera now has over 40 major vehicle awards, with the revolutionary electric car boasting an extended range of up to 360 miles. It has already claimed the 2012 Car of the Year title and this latest prize underpins its cutting-edge technology, a vehicle that is almost as easy as charging a mobile phone!

The ACFO awards are voted for exclusively by its members and take into account the expertise of fleet decision makers who boast day-to-day operational experience with these vehicles, making it a highly-prized event.

Julie Jenner, chairman of the ACFO, said: "Fleet decision-makers are reliant on motor manufacturers to deliver vehicles that are cost effective to operate, safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly and supplier companies to provide a first class service.

"The Ampera’s revolutionary technology was clearly very popular with our ACFO members and on their behalf I congratulate Vauxhall in bringing such a cutting edge vehicle to market."

The Ampera was heralded at the annual awards during a gala dinner at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, last week. After landing on the UK’s showroom floors in May it has proven extremely popular with a surprisingly large battery range. The Ampera has a real-world battery range of up to 50 miles, but its range-extender motor then intervenes to offer an additional 300 miles of driving.

The feature that sets the Vauxhall Ampera apart from other hybrid vehicles is that its wheels are electrically driven. Not only is this a powerfully efficient model it is also lightning quick too. With a torque of 370 Nm, you can go 0-60mph in less than nine seconds!

In September we questioned whether eco-friendly cars had lost their sex appeal but it would seem this is certainly a model to renew motorists’ interest in green driving. Thanks to its eco-friendly status, owners could also benefit from competitive car insurance rates too.

Take a look at the review of this family-sized electric vehicle by Which.co.uk:

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