This week the Vauxhall Ampera has had a clean run of awards, taking home a handful of accolades, including prizes from the Scottish Car of the Year awards, British Insurance Security awards and 2012 GreenFleet awards.
The latest award for the ground-breaking Ampera is the Industry Innovation prize at the 2012 GreenFleet awards, which adds to the electric honour at the Scottish Car of the Year awards and the green car category at the British Insurance Security Awards as part of Vauxhall’s trophy haul over the past week.
This recent surge of success brings the total number of awards for the Vauxhall Ampera to over 40 honours, including Top Gear magazine’s Green Car of the year and European Car of the Year.
Marketing Manager for GreenFleet, Colin Boyton stated that the Vauxhall Ampera was “a stand out winner”. Boyton added: “Since witnessing the chaos it caused at our Arrive'n'Drive event last year, with fleet managers clambering over each other to drive it, we have watched closely and seen it make a lasting impression on almost everyone that experiences it. Above that, the fleets that are actually embracing the vehicle are now reaping the benefits too. With EV's becoming more and more prominent in the fleet sector, Vauxhall has managed to overcome the range anxiety issue with the range-extending technology, and while recharging infrastructure remains an issue, this, for us, is the definitely the way forward.”
The GreenFleet awards are designed to acknowledge the revolutionary efforts made by vehicle manufacturers, private and public sector fleet managers, suppliers and various other organisations to reduce the environmental effects of transport. The awards were hosted at the Emirates Stadium, London by comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan.
The Vauxhall Ampera arrived in UK showrooms in May and is proving popular with fleets and private buyers alike. With a ‘range-extended’ drivetrain, Ampera’s wheels are driven by electricity at all times, something its maker considers an important distinction between the Ampera and hybrid vehicles. The Ampera has a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles, with a small range-extender petrol engine boost to over 300 miles.
Naturally the firm is delighted with the model’s recent success in claiming a succession of prizes.
Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director said: “We are very pleased that the Ampera has been recognised by GreenFleet for the Industry Innovation prize,” Aldred also commented: “To win three awards in one week, and over 40 since launch, is an outstanding achievement and shows what a revolutionary vehicle the Ampera is.”
October 16, 2012
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