Telegraph Readers Charged Up Over Ampera


Ampera side view

Vauxhall’s cutting-edge Ampera extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) has been voted best hybrid/electric car by Telegraph readers at the inaugural Telegraph Motoring Awards.


Beating off rivals including the Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius Plug-In, the Ampera scored more votes than any other model.


“We had a great response to our Car of the Year awards and Telegraph readers voted for the Vauxhall Ampera as their favourite hybrid/electric car,” said Leo Wilkinson, Acting Assistant Motoring Content Editor. “It's a revolutionary car and our readers clearly value that."


“Ampera is a technological masterpiece and we are very pleased that it has been recognised by Telegraph readers,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director.


Arriving in UK showrooms last year, Ampera has a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles, after which a petrol engine intervenes to generate up to another 300 miles of range. At all times, the Ampera’s wheels are electrically driven, setting it apart from conventional hybrid vehicles.


Ampera pricing starts at £29,995 on-the-road (including £5,000 Government grant) for the Earth model. The car is available through a network of 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers.


The revolutionary vehicle is also offered on the 3-Day Test Drive programme that enables customers to test a Vauxhall for three days, paying only for the fuel used.


The Telegraph award comes hot on the heels of Vauxhall announcing it is to cover the majority of running costs for Ampera customers with a new ownership package – the only running cost Ampera customers will face for the first three years of ownership is insurance.

Ampera side view, parked in front of a building

Available on Positiv and Electron trims, the package entitles private buyers to three years or 60,000 miles free servicing and a £2,000 fuel contribution, enough to cover both electric and petrol costs for three years for an average Ampera driver.


Other benefits include a Type-2 charging cable that enables Ampera charging at the vast majority of public charging points and a £335 (VAT inclusive) allowance equivalent to the 25 per cent funding gap on domestic home charging installations announced after last month’s 2013 Budget.


All of these exceptional benefits are in addition to Vauxhall’s industry-first Lifetime Warranty, and Ampera’s eight year/100,000 mile battery warranty.