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I was wondering how well or badly the Ampera/Volt was selling so after a bit of digging around I found some figures for 2012:

According to SMMT figures from: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2013/02/ ... s-ranking/
455 Amperas
67 Volts

Acording to DVLA figures from: http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/va ... ectron_cvt
447 Amperas (342 Ampera Electron, 101 Ampera Positiv, 4 Ampera (Other))
67 Volts

Reasonably consistent figures.

Overall a bit disappointing as the market share is a long way down on the US figures, where there are over 31,000 volts on the road. (23,461 in 2012 And 7,671 in 2011 from http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/03/autos/c ... index.html) hopefully we'll see improved sales in our second year also.

As a percentage of total cars:
US: 31,000 of 250 million is 0.0124%
UK: 522 of 40 Million = 0.0013%

So it seems that maybe a UK car buyer really loves their oil more than a US car buyer...


I wonder how this reflects with other EV's like the leaf?
 

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Having lived in the USA, I think that the UK has more car brand snobbery than the states and with the pricing of the Ampera being in BMW/Lexus/Audi bracket, Vauxhall are finding it hard to get drivers to switch.

Being a great car with very low BIK, the Ampera *should* be popular as a company car. Unfortunately the crazy high contract hire prices make it too expensive - you can get a nice spec BMW 520 for the monthly rental of an Ampera :-(

One ray of hope is that the new congestion charging rules will drive more sales in London as there will not be many CC "free" cars some 1 July...
 

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I read that global sales of Volt/Ampera passed 50,000 in June - yet have you seen GM make any kind of positive PR out of this?

But yes, the fact that $4/gallon US can sell 10x as many per capita and compensated for time on the market as we have in $9/gallon UK is sad and worrying. It makes a joke out of all these people saying that EVs will take off massively in the States when gas hits 4 or 5 dollars there. Clearly people will tolerate a lot more pain in their pockets than the pundits think.

We have had an interesting phenomenon at work recently. As soon as Leafs became available at £13,000 or on cheap leases, a load of people went out to buy them. That seems to be the point where people go "this is a no brainer" and range anxiety gets forgotten about. I must admit, if I was buying again now, I'd be doing the same.
 
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