Considering its game-changing tech, the hefty price tag of the Vauxhall Ampera doesn’t feel entirely unwarranted. That GM has successfully landed its ambitious concept on the forecourt is laudable enough; that it has done so without costing the car beyond all reasonable means is little short of remarkable.
The Ampera’s status as a fully-fledged electric vehicle also ensures that its buyers will benefit from a healthy £5000 government subsidy (which trims the sticker price of the entry-level car to around £29k). And, with an official CO2 rating of 27g/km, there’s no road tax to pay, of course.
Nevertheless, the Ampera is not being sold in a vacuum, and it would be remiss of us not to point out that for many people there are machines far below the Vauxhall’s price which, with concerted and varied use, would prove equally affordable to run.
However, use the Ampera within a narrower set of parameters and trips to the petrol station will become an infrequent novelty. Vauxhall claims the cost of recharging the battery is, on average, about £1. That’s an enticing figure.
Buyers also have the reassurance of a separate warranty that covers the battery for eight years/100,000 miles. The manufacturer’s 100,000-mile Lifetime Warranty covers the rest of the car.