Vauxhall announced today that its revolutionary Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) will cost under £30k when it hits UK showrooms early in 2012. This move will bring a technically-sophisticated electrically-driven family car firmly into the mainstream.
Having taken advantage of the UK Government’s £5000 Plug-In Car Grant, customers will pay just £28,995 for the Ampera. This buys up to 50 miles range on battery power, free TFL congestion charge, no Vehicle Excise Duty payments and 5% company car taxation. So, the Ampera’s overall running costs will be extremely low.
The Vauxhall Ampera’s 50-mile battery electric drive range exceeds the UK’s average commuting distance but when a longer journey is involved, Ampera’s range-extender engine/generator produces electricity on board. The generator engages seamlessly once the battery has reached a minimum level of charge. The 50-mile battery electric range is thus extended by 310 miles permitting the driver to travel up to 360 miles without the need for recharging or refuelling.
A full charge for Ampera’s battery can be achieved in under four hours via a domestic 240v electricity socket at an average cost of around £1, depending on tariff. Commuting within the 50-mile range will ensure very low running costs on battery electric drive only.
Vauxhall is also offering the exciting opportunity to become an ePioneer and be amongst the first to own an Ampera. For a fully refundable £150 reservation fee, potential customers can register at www.vauxhall-ampera.co.uk where they can pre-order an Ampera and also access exclusive events and opportunities in the build up to launch. There is no commitment to purchase. The same website also offers much more information on the Vauxhall Ampera and includes Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links.