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