Vauxhall Ampera Teams Up With UK Government To Provide Free Charging Stations

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Vauxhall And The UK Government Team Up To Provide Free EVSEs And Installation

Vauxhall And The UK Government Team Up To Provide Free EVSEs And Installation

A few days ago we reported on a new program out of the UK that provided up to 75% of the cost of installing a home charging system (up to maximum of £1,000), which augments a program already in existence to provide funding of the charging unit itself for the first 8,000 applicants.

Vauxhall Will Cover The 25% Shortfall On Installation Costs...Provided You Buy An Ampera

Vauxhall Will Cover The 25% Shortfall On Installation Costs…Provided You Buy An Ampera

Now Vauxhall Motors is going to kick in the remaining 25% to essentially make owning and installing a charge point free.

What is the catch?  Well, buying a Vauxhall Ampera of course!  A darn fine marketing gimmick if you ask us!

“We fully support the Government’s announcement and are very happy to meet the remaining home charging installation costs for Ampera customers,” said Ian Allen, Vauxhall’s Environmental Strategy Manager and Chairman of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Electric Vehicle Committee. “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.”

Free from the tyranny of realistic EPA range estimates, Vauxhall also takes the opportunity to promote the Ampera’s “real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles,” while noting Ampera pricing starts at £29,995 ($45,700 USD) including £5,000 government grant, and is available at 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers across the country.

Below: Vauxhall Ampera gallery (double click):

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11 responses to "Vauxhall Ampera Teams Up With UK Government To Provide Free Charging Stations"

  1. James says:

    James

    February 22, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Don’t know how those white interior door inserts made it
    into a Crystal Red Metallic car with the charcoal grey
    center stack —- different… I do like the striping on the
    seats though – sporty…Just wish it was toned down to
    a grey or more subtle look.

    GM – Please do the right thing and put the Ampera hatch
    with it’s taillight assemblies and chrome strip as the styling
    refresh for 2014 Volt. Pull up photos of the Z-Spec S.E.M.A Volt
    GM showed there in 2010. I don’t like the verticle reflectors
    but the rest of the back end I think is far superior to the
    now painted-in broadside butt of the 2013 Volt. At least the
    black treatment on earlier models broke up the big expanse
    of metal at the rear.

    Check this out for reference:

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    Sweet, huh? And GM has all the parts but the bowtie right there presently
    at the Hamtramck assembly line for Aptera production!

    Jay – with all your connections and insider clout with GM – can you make this happen?

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Where’s this image taken from? URL?

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          Thanks, I do know that is the image source, but I was trying to figure out how to get to the article that discussed that image.

          1. staff says:

            That makes sense! Here is the oringal article link.

  2. James says:

    Note the painted rocker panels and front spoiler of the Z-Spec Volt in
    the pic above. Sweeeet, huh?

    This has the “Volt SS” written all over it – add ELR’s mapping….

  3. James says:

    The 19″s don’t hurt either! 🙂

  4. kdawg says:

    Its the same as the Ampera back end, but with a bowtie?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      …our server likes to think about it awhile before it converts the link to a picture kdawg, (=

      1. James says:

        Basically, yeah – the taillight lenses look different – and the horizontal
        reflector under the license plate recepticle is not on the S.E.M.A. Volt.
        Also, the Volt has the Volt backup light treatment near the ground,
        – slightly diff than the production Ampera’s red and white treatment.

        In all, I’d take the S.E.M.A. back end – just like that. I personally like
        the wheels on the Z-Spec better too.

  5. James says:

    I don’t know why they don’t paint the rockers body color ( besides budget ).
    Used to think that would make the sides look too slab-sided and huge –
    but once I saw these – I love the look. Never could come to grips with
    the grey plastic – uneven lines ( hanging doors ) look of stock Volts. I
    live with it, but eventually will do this to mine.

    If Chevy doesn’t do this for 2014, I’ll have to price Ampera parts to
    make it happen – it’d be one-of-a-kind in the USA and Canada.