With recent reports showing a gallon of petrol is set to hit £6.16 across the UK, there’s never been a better time to switch to low cost, eco-friendly, electric motoring. This year’s European Car of the Year – the Vauxhall Ampera – offers the perfect solution.
The Ampera’s groundbreaking propulsion system offers all of the benefits of electric driving without any of the drawbacks. Charge the battery regularly overnight and you could go for months without having to visit the pumps. Add to this the on-board range-extender – which supplies electricity if the battery is depleted – and you’ve got the first electric car suitable for everyday use.
For as little as £1, the Ampera provides a battery-powered, emissions free range of 25-50 miles, enough for the average daily UK commute. On longer journeys, electricity is produced by the on-board range extender/generator which seamlessly powers the car for a further 310 miles.
Petrol and diesel prices shot up by around 2.5 per cent across the UK in August 2012. Petrol rose by 3.3p per litre while diesel increased by 3.1ppl, leading to average pump prices of 135.5ppl and 140.4ppl respectively. But it’s not just the Ampera’s astounding frugality that’ll help you cut your costs.
Ampera prices, which start at £29,995, include a £5000 government Plug-in-Car Grant (PICG). The Ampera also benefits from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and congestion charge exemption, too. Plus, if you’re a company car driver, you get a 50 per cent reduction in company car tax. The Ampera also comes with Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty and an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery systems.
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