GM’s Ampera Proves Its Efficiency At RAC’s Future Car Challenge

GM’s British division won big in the Royal Automobile Club’s Future Car Challenge 2012 held last weekend.

The Volt’s European version, the Ampera, won Energy Efficiency Awards in both the “Best Car in C segment” and “Best Range Extender/Plug-in Hybrid” categories for production vehicles.

Overall, the Vauxhall Ampera proved to be the most energy efficient vehicle on the British market in the medium car segment, scoring better than all plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Meanwhile, Vauxhall’s technology of the future was also present in the form of a hydrogen fuel cell powered electric vehicle from the European test fleet. The special prototype was named HydroGen4, scored top efficiency marks, and won “Best Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV.”

“This is a fantastic event bringing new and future green technologies from many different areas together” said Gerard Planche, HydroGen4 test fleet manager. “It was fun to see private investors and volume manufacturers competing against each other and for Vauxhall it was a great opportunity to showcase its multi-award winning Ampera together with HydroGen4, the fourth generation of our hydrogen fuel cell technology.”

In the same event, Jaguar’s XJ_e experimental plug-in hybrid won “Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car Prototype.”