12.7.2011 Ampera to join Europcar rental fleet
Vauxhall/Opel and Europcar have announced an agreement to introduce the Vauxhall Ampera as a rental car throughout Europe.
With the market introduction of the electric Ampera by the end of 2011, Vauxhall/Opel and Europcar are joining forces to facilitate the introduction of electric mobility, broadening the range of people that will be able to enjoy the benefits of electric mobility from the Ampera's launch.
The intention is to deploy the first vehicles in Europcar rental outlets in Germany in November of this year, followed soon afterwards by Belgium and the Netherlands. The Vauxhall Ampera will then be rolled out throughout France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom from the beginning of 2012.
According to Vauxhall Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Alain Visser, "Electric cars are among the best long-term solutions to meet society's energy and environmental challenges. The fact that Europcar is going to introduce the Vauxhall Ampera in its day-to-day business is further proof that our extended-range electric vehicle is completely suitable for everyday use – even as a fleet vehicle in the tough rental car business".
Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar, continued, “At Europcar, we are committed to responsible and sustainable business practices. We see customers' growing appetite for low CO2, environmentally-friendly solutions, especially in urban areas, and strongly believe that electric vehicles will help enhance access to greenest mobility solutions”.
The Ampera Range Extended Electric Vehicle (REEV) requires no major changes to driving habits, and overcomes the range limitations of most battery electric cars. If the Ampera is driven exclusively in battery mode, it produces no emissions, and is powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack used in conjunction with a 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40-80 km of pure electric operation when fully charged.
For longer journeys, a petrol engine powers a generator that supplies the necessary electricity. This continuous energy supply makes distances of over 500 km possible, without stopping to charge for hours, and relieves the driver of concerns about being stranded with a flat battery. According to the ECE R101 regulation for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the Ampera achieves 175mpg (preliminary data).
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