09 September 2013
Vauxhall Ampera reduces price
V. Christian Manz
In its mission to make electric mobility more widely available, Vauxhall has reduced its revolutionary Ampera extended-range electric vehicle by £3,500, to a starting price of £28,750 on-the-road, inclusive of the Government´s £5,000 grant.
The Ampera Positiv features a generous standard specification including advanced on-board computer, electronic climate control and rear view camera. The range-topping Electron model also sees a £3,500 reduction and is available from £30,495 on-the-road. Specification above the Postiv includes Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system, hard drive with 30GB music file capacity and satellite navigation system.
“Ampera´s new price position brings the cost of electric motoring much nearer to that of a conventional vehicle,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall´s Chairman and Managing Director. “It also reinforces the multi award-winning Ampera´s position as the only solution to electric vehicle ownership that can be the sole family car."
Arriving in showrooms last year, Ampera has a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles, after which a small range-extending generator, powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine, intervenes to provide up to an additional 300-plus mile range. At all times, the Ampera´s wheels are electrically driven, setting it apart from conventional hybrid vehicles.
The car is available through a network of 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers and is covered by the manufacturer´s industry-leading Lifetime Warranty.