SHOCK TREAT­MENT

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Af­ter the less than suc­cess­ful Am­pera was pulled from deal­er­ships GM have gone back to the draw­ing board and con­jured up this, the all new five-door, five-seat Am­pera-e. It’s de­signed to go head-to-head with the likes of the Audi A3 e-tron, e-Golf and BMW i3, and is claimed to have a longer range than most elec­tric cars. It’s ex­pected that it will share a drivetrain with the Chevro­let Bolt which fea­tures a 197bhp, 266lb/ft elec­tric mo­tor with a range of around 200 miles. It should be pretty swift too as the Bolt can hit 60 in less than 7 sec­onds.

The Am­pera-e is just one of the 29 new mod­els GM are plan­ning to re­lease be­tween now and 2020. The jury’s still out as to whether elec­tric cars re­ally are the fu­ture, and it’s not been con­firmed whether the ‘e’ will even come to the UK, pre­sum­ably af­ter the orig­i­nal Am­pera’s luke­warm re­cep­tion. One thing’s for sure we’re go­ing to see a lot more ve­hi­cles which aren’t re­liant on fos­sil-fuel de­rived meth­ods of propul­sion over the com­ing years.

PER­FOR­MANCE VAUX­HALL

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, elec­tric cars are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar

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