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Electric car arrives at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant

Vauxhall Ampera
Image caption The Ampera goes on sale in early 2012

Vauxhall's prototype electric car has arrived at its Ellesmere Port plant after workers drove it in relay from the firm's Luton base.

The Ampera goes on sale in 2012 but it is not certain whether it will be built in the UK.

Vauxhall bosses have said the Cheshire base, which produces the Astra, has a good chance of making the Ampera.

Managing director Duncan Aldred said the car was "a truly revolutionary vehicle."

He said it "catapults Vauxhall to the forefront of electric vehicle technology."

The Ampera is an electric car, but it also has a small petrol motor which keeps the battery charged.

That gives it a longer range than cars which rely solely on a battery.

The company said Tuesday's 160-mile journey was the longest single road trip undertaken by an electric vehicle in the UK.

"A truly revolutionary vehicle that catapults Vauxhall to the forefront of electric vehicle technology."

Arriving at Ellesmere Port just after 1500 BST, the Ampera, which is built on the same platform as the Vauxhall Astra, completed its journey at the end of the new Astra's production line.

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