Earlier this week, we heard how the Government plans to fund home charging points for electric car owners with a grant worth up to 75 per cent of the cost of installation (see story).
Now Vauxhall has pledged to cover the remaining 25 per cent of the cost for buyers of its range-extended Ampera model, meaning home charging facilities will cost them nothing.
“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.”
The Government’s £37 million package of funding will also provide grants for on-street charging facilities for EV owners without the use of a driveway or garage and will provide funding for railway stations to install charging faculties. Individual grants per household are worth 75 per cent of the cost of a charging point, capped at a maximum of £1,000.
Vauxhall’s electric ranger
Vauxhall’s range-extended Ampera is one of the models which will be able to make use of new charging points installed through the funding package. Launched last year, the Ampera is Vauxhall’s first and so far only electrified model. It uses a plug-in hybrid-type drivetrain, combining a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a lithium ion battery. It can travel for 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.
It is rated as emitting as little as 27g/km CO2 and returning 235.4mpg combined, meaning 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.
Buyers of the car also benefit from Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty and its Love It or Return It campaign, where purchasers can return the car the first 30 days/1500 miles of ownership should they decide the Ampera isn't right for them after all.
More information on claiming for effectively free charging facilties will be available at your local Vauxhall dealer once the Government has released a list of approved installer within the next few months.