If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the Vauxhall Ampera but hate the futuristic electric car’s prohibitively high price tag. So, like us, might do a little backflip when you hear Vauxhall has made it slightly more affordable, dropping its price by £3,500.
That means you can now pick one up for a starting price of £28,750, inclusive of the government’s £5,000 plug-in car grant. OK, so it’s still ludicrously expensive for what is essentially a four-door saloon. However there’s every likelihood its low running costs will help you claw back at least some of that cash in the long run.
The Vauxhall Ampera uses an electric motor and battery that provides a driving range of between 25-50 miles. Used for short trips, it’s theoretically feasible to virtually eliminate trips you make to the petrol station. Once the battery runs dry, the Ampera’s 1.4-litre petrol engine can kick in to provide an additional 300 miles of driving range.
Fancy reading more? Check out our full review of the Ampera and its cousin the Chevrolet Volt. Want one for yourself? Head down to your local Vauxhall dealer and tell them you’re there for the cheap Amperas.