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Liverpool FC star and his green car

When you're a footballer at one of the world's most famous clubs and with 49 England caps to your name, it's fair to say you're earning quite a lot of money: and that the Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis of this world are comfortably within reach.

So it's encouraging then that Liverpool FC and England right-back Glen Johnson (pictured) has not been afraid to buck the trend: and has tied his motoring flag to the green car mast.

The defender has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Vauxhall Ampera Electron, the range extended vehicle that is Europe's take on the Chevrolet Volt.

Vauxhall Ampera Glen Johnson

It has a real-world battery range of 25-50miles on electric power only: after which the 1.4litre engine takes over and offers an additional 300miles of range. The vehicle is also different from conventional hybrid cars because its wheels are, at times, electrically driven.

"I am very pleased to be driving a Vauxhall Ampera," said Glen. "The concept of the car really appealed to me and makes it not only ideal for the journey to and from training every day, but also the odd longer journey to St George's Park and back down to London."

Of course the former Chelsea player isn't compromising to drive the Ampera: because it is stacked with equipment. Among its technology is a voice-activated satellite navigation system for 20 European countries; a hard drive device with 30GB music file capacity and Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system; and an audio/video DVD player.

No wonder then that Mr Johnson is far from the first footballer to take ownership of the Ampera. Other football stars driving the car including Everton and England central defender Phil Jagielka and former Manchester United right-back turned TV pundit Gary Neville.

The Vauxhall Ampera is priced from 29,995 on-the-road (including a 5,000 government grant).

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Paul Lucas

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