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Vauxhall predicts Ampera boost electric car sales

The take-up of electric cars is to get a boost on Tuesday as a new model in showrooms with the intention of fears over range due to limited battery life.

Ampera. which launched year to acclaim in the US as the GM Volt. Renault’s Fluence ZE [zero a family car that went on last month as one of the newest for a £5,000 plugged-in car discount the government.

Last year, the then secretary Phillip Hammond 2011 could be remembered as the the electric car took off, as he the grant scheme that nine different models. But around 1,000 were last year, and figures for quarter sales in 2012 that registrations of new electric have largely flatlined, and half of the allocated budget for the scheme is likely to be taken up.

Of the cars sold in Q1, only 278 pure electric models, up 218 on the year before.

But Vauxhall forecasts it will 3,500 units of the £30,000 car year, or 5,000 in a full A spokeswoman said its target of sales across Europe in was in our reach quite easily.

The big selling point is that its battery runs out after 50 of electric power, a petrol provides back-up power for a 310 miles. But because the petrol drives the electric motor, the says the vehicle should be a range extender, not a hybrid car the Toyota Prius.

The car goes on sale in 24 dealers the UK on Tuesday, with Vauxhall’s predicting it will be a conquest that will lead to buy from the company for the first

The Fluence ZE is one of four new electric from Renault, including a designed two-seater called the that also just on sale, and the Zoe, a Clio-sized car arrives later this and the company expects will up most of its electric sales.

At £17,500 and up, the Fluence drastically the Ampera on price, by leasing the – the most expensive component of cars – from £76 a month. The will manage up to 115 miles in charges, and the leasing arrangement it can be swapped out later by Renault.

A spokesman would not talk sales figures but said along with Nissan it has an electric vehicle partnership it will have sold electric vehicles globally by

The Vauxhall Ampera (right), and the Fluence ZE (left). Photograph: Nylind for the Guardian

Marc senior analyst at analysts IHS suggested the new cars would popular among corporate In 2011, the Nissan Leaf for most of electric vehicles in the UK. The launches of the Vauxhall Ampera and the Fluence ZE are a stepping stone to the electric car offering.

In addition to the early adopters can now go for the range with the Ampera or a cheaper with the Fluence. Although low consumer spending is not in favour of vehicles, these models become popular amongst car buyers … the exemption of company car tax for vehicle drivers looks appealing indeed, he told the

Nissan’s Leaf, which on sale in the UK last year. took 2% of the total car market in with the company selling units in six months.

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