Vauxhall has revealed that its new Ampera range-extender saloon will cost from £28,995 after it qualified for the government’s £5000 plug-In Car Grant.
The Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera, which will reach UK showrooms in early 2012, will be exempt from London’s congestion charge and VED payments and have a company car tax rate of five per cent.
Vauxhall is claiming an electric-only range of up to 50 miles, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine extending the range up to 360 miles.
A full recharge of the batteries takes under four hours at a cost of around £1 from a domestic 240V socket.
Vauxhall is offering people the chance to become an ‘ePioneer’ by being one of the first to own an Ampera. Those interested can place a £150 refundable deposit on the car at www.vauxhall-ampera.co.uk.Read Autocar's first drive of the Vauxhall Ampera