Vauxhall Ampera: a close encounter
Will the new Vauxhall Ampera usurp the Prius as the people’s green car? Stranger things have happened
Posted: 27 Aug 2010
Aliens, according to the job descriptions written by generations of sci-fi authors and conspiracy theorists, steal into the night, hypnotise us with their strange occulting lights, then depart leaving only enigmatic traces of the crop-circle variety. They're not supposed to pre-publicise their arrival with websites, motor show appearances and political lobbying like the Vauxhall Ampera - AKA Chevrolet Volt - has. It's been three-and-a-half years since the concept car, but now I've driven it and, yes, it is pretty alien. But it comes in peace.
Words: Paul Horrell
Photos: Barry Hayden