I understand that, all spare capacity is stored in the battery nothing is not wasted. When driving at slow speeds the engine will run periodically. It will cut out when the battery is above its base level and turn on when the battery level falls below said level.SnaxMuppet said:I thought that this was a pity because when driving at low speed there is going to be plenty of spare generating capacity from the petrol generator as not much is needed to drive the car.
You can drive it without charging but it would be daft. (very inefficient!)Rhubarb_15 said:Thanks for the quick reply. I am now wondering if I could get it to re charge itself if I put it in hill climb mode? The reason for my asking is that I will not be able to plug it into my home supply (and neither will anyone who live in a block of flats of terrace houses with no off street parking etc..) Surely this rules out a whole load of people who would like to buy this car
The Ampera only benefits from low BIK rates because you are supposed to plug it in! (BIK is proportional to CO2/km - Low CO2/km is only achieved by running the first 40 miles/day on electric) So what can Vauxhall 'do' about people in flats? Somewhat surprisingly, they do already make cars that don't need plugging in...Rhubarb_15 said:The reason I pointed out the block of flats dwellings as excluded people is that I hope Vauxhall / GM see this as a big enough market segment to do something about it.
From what I understand all UK charging stations are 240v, it's just the available current that varies, the charging stations ecotricity have put in motorway services have a 13 amp (household style) mains plug (they may also have higher current options) I would also assume that the on-street chargers (mainly London) are the same, as are the NCP car park chargers.Rhubarb_15 said:I saw on an Volt video that there will be charging stations which need 240 Volts, I wonder if there are any plans to bring such a system to the UK.