If you are one of those individuals that has made up your mind that you're buying a Volkswagen Nils electric car, then you may wish to reconsider for a moment - as Vauxhall has come up with a vehicle that will, on first appearances at least, be an even better buy.
Details are sketchy at this stage, but the concept car will definitely be showcased at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Vauxhall has not revealed the name of the newcomer, but the first spy shots show a low, rakish body. The fully electric car (which carries Opel badges in the spy shots) looks somewhat similar to the range-extending Vauxhall hybrid, the Ampera - at least from the front. The grille is similarly striking, as are the extended LED headlamps. The glass roof sweeps dramatically upwards and towards a rear end that was clearly inspired by a racing motorbike.
Both the Nils and the new Vauxhall will, of course, face stiff competition from newcomers such as the Audi Urban Concept and the Renault Twizy.
Do not let the car's dramatic design fool you - it provides seating for two people in a tandem layout. It also promises to be extremely lightweight, which will mean low running costs and easy handling.
When fully charged the electric Vauxhall will have a range of 60 miles. The top speed of 75 miles per hour makes it suitable for city driving as well as the odd trip on the highway.
According to the top brass over at Vauxhall, they want to "revolutionise urban transport" with a new range of electric vehicles.
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