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Police Service Northern Ireland to trial Vauxhall Ampera

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is putting the Vauxhall Ampera in service in Belfast city centre as an incident response vehicle.

Vauxhall says that the E-REV technology in the Ampera 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 anxiety.

Charging point infrastructure is well developed in Northern Ireland. Currently, electric vehicle owners are no further than 10 miles from a charger.

Marcus Belshaw, head of transport for PSNI, said: “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.”

Picture caption: The Vauxhall Ampera being handed over at eDRIVE, an electric vehicle event in Belfast. Left to right: Ian Allen, chairman of the Society of Motor Manufacturers, Marcus Belshaw, head of transport for PSNI, Dick Ellam, manager, Vauxhall Special Vehicles and  motoring journalist and Ampera owner Quentin Willson.

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