While GM has been telling us we no longer need to be range-anxious thanks to the launch of its twin range-extended electric models, the Volt/Ampera, GM-subsidiary, Vauxhall know tells us we need not be purchase-anxious either.
The carmaker which produces the Ampera plug-in car is now offering a 30-day satisfaction guarantee for each buyer, meaning that drivers can buy, try it and if it doesn’t suit, simply return it within 30 days, no questions asked.
Intended to spread a little Christmas joy as the we reach a time of year when car sales lull, the offer is valid from the date of purchase and permits a maximum mileage of 1,500 miles in the 30 days.
Launched in the summer, the Ampera, like the Chevrolet Volt, combines a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a lithium ion battery. Both models are capable of a range of around 50 miles on the battery-powered alone, with the petrol engine used to boost the range to over 300 miles.
To make even greater use of zero tailpipe emission driving, the car can be recharged from mains electricity in six hours using a 10A/240V charge.
Rated with emissions of just 27g/km CO2 and returning 235.4mpg combined, the Ampera attracts no VED or congestion charge .
The car costs from £29,995 including the Government’s Plug-In Car Grant worth £5,000.
“This initiative shows the real world confidence we have in Ampera,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “We appreciate that investing in new technology is a big decision which can require a leap of faith for some buyers. It’s therefore vital that we demonstrate our belief in Ampera and provide customer reassurance during the buying process. ‘Love it or Return it’ aims to achieve just that.”
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