Vauxhall will launch an entry-level version of the new Vauxhall Ampera range-extender electric car

Vauxhall will launch an entry-level version of the new Vauxhall Ampera range-extender electric car this summer, which will cost £29,995. The price includes the £5000 Government’s ‘Plug-In’ grant, which has been extended to 2015.

The as-yet unnamed entry-level model will join the Ampera Positiv and Electron models, which go on sale in on 1 May.

The Positiv, which will cost £32,250 including the grant, gets leather trim, climate control, keyless entry, a seven-inch touch-screen, heated seats, parking camera and DAB. The range-topping Electron version costs £33,995 and adds a seven-inch navigation touch-screen, a 30GB hard drive, DVD player and low-energy Bose sound system on top of the Positiv specification.

The car’s 16kWh battery pack has an eight years and 100,000 mile transferrable warranty. To extend its life, the battery is never charged beyond 85 per cent of its capacity or de-charged below 22 per cent of its capacity. It is expected to still be 70 per cent efficient after eight year’s usage.

Vauxhall is also offering a ‘British Gas Home Charging Solution’ package which, for £799, will see Ampera owners get a home electric inspection and installation of a dedicated charging point. The wall-mounted charger allows the Ampera to draw 16 amps of charge, which will re-fresh the car’s battery in just four hours, instead of the usual six hours taken when using an ordinary wall socket.

The company expects to sell 2500-3000 Amperas in 2012 and around 5000 in 2013. A total of 24 Vauxhall dealers have been appointed to handle sales of the car as well as a number of accredited ‘High Voltage’ technicians. Ampera buyers who are not close to one of the specialist dealers will get a pick and collection service and a courtesy car.

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26 March 2012

The Ampera Merit? Steel wheels, flat paint and the cheapest cloth this side of poundland?

26 March 2012

On what do they base their projected sales figures on of 5,000 for the UK of Ampera models in 2013 when they could only manage to sell 8,000 Volt's throughout the far larger US market in 2011?

26 March 2012

Ok guys this is a joke .

Nah this one has Every Readys instead of Duracells .

26 March 2012

[quote theonlydt]The Ampera Merit? Steel wheels, flat paint and the cheapest cloth this side of poundland?[/quote]

Has it really got steel wheels and flat paint? If so how did you find that out ???

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

26 March 2012

[quote xxxx]

[quote theonlydt]The Ampera Merit? Steel wheels, flat paint and the cheapest cloth this side of poundland?[/quote]

Has it really got steel wheels and flat paint? If so how did you find that out ???

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Methinks he doth jest....

:)

26 March 2012

[quote Autocar]The as-yet unnamed entry-level model [/quote]

Given the idiotic model names delivered so far, my money is on Neutrino. Or Muon.

Good grief.

26 March 2012

Silly question but since when was £30k classed as a budget vehicle? Still makes more sense to buy a second hand 520D for £20k and have £10k left to spend on running costs, and thats the problem, £30k for the Ampera, and with ever increasing utility bills, you need to really want an electrical vehicle, its not a viable option or alternative to a decent fossil fuel vehicle, such as the one in the link.

[url]http://goo.gl/3KV3R[/url]

26 March 2012

[quote Citytiger]Silly question but since when was £30k classed as a budget vehicle?[/quote]

Exactly.

All the electric car nonsense is really starting to get on my firm-but-bouncies. For a start, why the hell do electric cars cost so much? It isn't as if they can go into outer space at warp factor 10, is it? They're cars, which run on electricity. I bet that I could make one over the weekend with a knackered old VW Golf, a few old batteries, a couple of Kenwood mixers, and my trusty spanners. OK, so it would be a bad one that wouldn't go far or fast, but I'm not a motor manufacturer. If a company that started out making sewing machines can grow into the world's largest motor manufacturer (Toyota), then GM, BMW, MB, and all the gang had been pull their stomachs in and push their chests out because they'll soon have the backsides spanked by Black & Decker or someone else who produces consumer electrical items. I hope that Gordon Murray strikes a deal with Mattel or someone like that and produces little cars that do what people need them to do, for not much money. Is it so tricky to swap from an ICE transmission to an electric or hybrid one? I really doubt it.

Rant over. It's been brewing for weeks.

26 March 2012

I think that technically the Ampera goes in the right direction but for now it has still has zero relevance for the market. Used as a taxi cab in a big city it could makes sense, Prius had a decent success among taxi drivers in Italy despite the small space for the rear passengers. A driver that makes a lot of city driving every day could really benefit from the economy. For all the recent progresses electrical vehicles existed already 100 years ago and they still have the same problems: energy accumulation, recharging times...

26 March 2012

Ampera Expression anyone :P

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