Driver passes test in historic first for Vauxhall Ampera


Right first time: Navdeep Singh becomes the first British driver to pass his test in an electric vehicle, the Vauxhall Ampera.

The UK’s first learner driver to complete the practical driving test in an electric vehicle has passed first time, driving a Vauxhall Ampera. Navdeep Singh, 18, successfully drove the cutting-edge, extended-range electric vehicle and passed the test with flying colours. He learned to drive the award-winning Ampera with RED Driving School, where pupils benefit from the school’s longstanding relationship with Vauxhall.

“We’re thrilled to have taught the country’s first learner driver to pass the practical driving test in an electric vehicle,” said Ian McIntosh, CEO of RED Driving School. “We think it’s important to get young people to experience the latest vehicle technologies. The Ampera is a leading edge car and reflects the dynamic nature of RED Driving School. As well as being easy to drive, the Ampera offers great efficiency and good all-round performance.”


RED has recently agreed a fleet deal with manufacturer to lease 1,000 Vauxhall cars a year. “Many new drivers have a strong affinity for the marque and model of car in which they learn to drive, and purchase the same car once they have obtained their licence,” said Paul Adler, Fleet Marketing and Motability Manager, Vauxhall. “We’re delighted that Navdeep has passed his test in the Ampera and look forward to many new drivers opting to drive more environmentally friendly vehicles.”

In addition to the Ampera, Vauxhall also supplies RED Driving School with its economical super-mini, the Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX. Both instructors and learner drivers at the school are eligible for Vauxhall’s Partners Programme, which offers attractive deals on new Vauxhall models, as well as the manufacturer’s popular Flexible Finance scheme.