Vauxhall has handed over a multi-awarding-winning Ampera to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) as part of a trial of the revolutionary extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV).
The cutting-edge vehicle was handed over at eDRIVE, an electric vehicle event sponsored by the Northern Ireland government Department of Regional Development held at the Titanic Museum, in Belfast. The revolutionary Ampera is due to go on service with PSNI in Belfast city centre as an incident response vehicle.
Motoring journalist and celebrity Ampera owner Quentin Willson was present at the handover, as was Ian Allen, chairman of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Electric Vehicle Committee and Vauxhall’s Environmental Strategy Manager, who gave a keynote speech at eDRIVE.
“We’re looking forward to putting the revolutionary Ampera through its paces responding to incidents while also reducing our emissions and providing significant savings on fuel costs,” said Marcus Belshaw, Head of Transport for PSNI.
The E-REV technology in the Ampera, which won European Car of the Year 2012, makes it a good option for use in the emergency services as it benefits from both an electric motor and a petrol engine – so there isn’t any concern about range.
Charging point infrastructure is well developed in Northern Ireland: currently EV owners there are never further than ten miles from a charger.
“If the Northern Ireland police are as happy as I am with my Ampera then I’m sure they will have a long and productive relationship with the vehicle,” said Quentin Willson.
“Vauxhall is delighted that the Ampera is being trialled by PSNI, and we are confident that they will be impressed by the Ampera’s durability, performance and economy,” said Dick Ellam, Manager, Vauxhall Special Vehicles.
Images and colours shown are for illustrative purposes only and may show optional equipment.