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EREV as a company vehicle

Discussion in 'Hybrid Vauxhall / Opel Vehicles (Ampera) owners forum' started by Voltec, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. Voltec

    Voltec Member

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    The new year and the sub-zero temperatures have had an impact on the Amperas performance. Yesterday was an all time low for me as following a 17+kwhrs charge I only managed to get close to 35miles from the battery performance and had to burn fossil fuel over half a gallon to go to the office and back. The performance showed that I still had an mpg for the trip of around 90 but its one of the worst performances I have seen from the vehicle since using it now over 2 years.

    Part of the above is due to the minus 5 degrees temperature at 5.15am in the morning and yes I did pre-heat the car before entry. I also had another issue for the first time, my new parking spot at the office is fully exposed to the elements ( where as I used to enjoy a partial shelter at the old office for the first year and three quarters ), when I returned to my vehicle for the journey home last night the inside of the glass and not the outside had a thin layer of ice formed upon it. I actually had to scrape the inside of the glass and there was no ice on the outside which I found very strange as I have not seen that effect before! this meant I had to run the blowers and get the engine on-line from the start to attempt to clear the screen fully, it did clear and made the top of the dashboard wet so I don't really know why this occurred. I am wondering when the temperature is near zero and the car is outside exposed if I need to start using the engine on the remote to pre-heat the car for five minutes when its in the car-park before I set off.....I am going to see how it behaves today, as I parked up there was no internal condensation present I could see.

    With the poor performance from the battery in the cold and down to the mid thirties I am wondering how newer vehicles like the PHEV Mitsubishi perform in the cold? they I am told have a 25-30mile all battery range and I wonder if this drops to 15-20 in the cold which is not very attractive as I am going to be considering what to replace the Ampera with later this year and there is still no word upon the Ampera -2 coming to europe ( new VOLT ) so its very unlikely this will be an option
     
  2. derkins

    derkins Dammit...driving the world's most boring car VxON Club Member

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    As a fellow 'hybrid' owner I read your mpg figures with drop-jawed admiration.

    OK, different end of the spectrum as I get about 26mpg round town and once got an amazing 44mpg!

    (3.5 V6 petrol with a big 'leccy motor for good measure)
     
  3. Voltec

    Voltec Member

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    Thanks Derkins, that's a big petrol lump you are driving so you are probably doing well with your figures also!

    Today in the same temperatures my inner car screen did not freeze so I really don't understand why it froze the day before, I also managed to get better range closer to 38miles on battery only and the only change was a quick preheat in the carpark before leaving work.
     

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