Ampera Qualifies for Plug-In Car Grant of £5,000

We’ve just announced that the Toyota Prius is eligible for as much as £5000 ($8,000 or €5,900) in government grants. Now it’s the Ampera’s turn under the spotlight, as it to is green enough in the eyes of the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Thus, the Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) will cost under £30,000 (under $47,000 or €35,500) when it hits UK showrooms in early 2012. Add to that the efficiency of up to 50 miles (80 km) range on battery power, free TFL congestion charge, no Vehicle Excise Duty payments and 5% company car taxation, and you realize the Ampera’s overall running costs will be very low. The discounted price of just £28,995 ($46,000 or €34,250) now seems a bit more reasonable.

While 50 miles might not sound like a lot, most daily commutes in the UK are shorter than that. When a longer journey is required, Ampera’s range-extender engine/generator produces electricity on board, thus extending the range by 310 miles (500 km), permitting the driver to travel up to 360 miles (580 km) without the need for recharging or refueling.

The Ampera electric vehicle can be charged from a domestic 240V socket in just four hours, at an average cost of £1 ($1.5 or €1.18). Commuting within the 50 mile (80 km) range will ensure very low running costs on battery electric drive only. For a £150 ($240 or €177) fully refundable reservation fee, customers can register for a drive test, pre-order an Ampera and also access exclusive events and opportunities.

“The Ampera defines a new class of e-mobility. No other electric vehicle provides the freedom of individual transportation as the Ampera,” according to Alain Visser, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales.
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