Government to help Ampera customers

Vauxhall is taking advantage of a new Government announcement to offer owners of Ampera extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) installation of a home charging unit at no cost.

The Government this week revealed it would pay 75 per cent of home charging unit installation costs up to a limit of £1,000 including tax. And Vauxhall will cover the remaining amount.

As part of its £37 million package of benefits, the Government will also allow local councils to provide charging posts and rapid chargers on streets around the area. EV commuters will be able to use charge points at railway stations.

Ian Allen, Vauxhall's environmental strategy manager and chairman of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' electric vehicle committee, said the car giant is fully behind the scheme and is delighted to foot part of the home charging installation costs for Ampera customers.

"Vauxhall welcomes a nationwide plan as it means all Ampera drivers will have the cost of their home charging solution covered, not just those who live in certain geographical areas," he said.

The Government initiative comes as a boost to Vauxhall and its innovative Ampera. The vehicle made its mark in Britain in 2012 with a real-world battery life of between 25-50 miles. A small range-extender motor then kicks in to offer in excess of 300 miles. The car's wheels are electrically driven throughout the driving experience, allowing it to stand out among hybrid vehicles.

Motorists can pick up the Ampera Earth for £29,995, which includes a £5,000 government grant, at one of the 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers.

The vehicle comes with a lifetime warranty and offers Vauxhall customers peace of mind through the 'love it or return it' campaign, which allows buyers to return the Ampera within the first 30 days or 1,500 miles if they are not satisfied.

The cutting-edge EV is also available on Vauxhall's three-day test drive programme. This enables company car motorists to test one of the manufacturer's cars for three days. Their only obligation is to pay for the electricity or fuel consumed during that time.

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