2012 Vauxhall Ampera order book officially opens

Extended range EV starts at £37,250 with cheaper entry-level model coming later

By Gavin Conway on January 10, 2012 4:59 PM

Here at TheChargingPoint.com, we have an ‘ePioneer’ in our midst. That’s what Vauxhall calls those who officially registered early interest in acquiring a ‘range-extended’ Ampera – as a result, our man received advance notice that the order books are now open, with prices starting at £37,250.

Vauxhall has also announced that there will be a less expensive model coming in June 2012, priced at £34,995 or £29,995 with the current £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG). And as an ePioneer, our man could snag one of these for an even lower £28,995 including PiCG.

However, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that a year ago we were told that the 2012 Vauxhall Ampera would cost £28,995 (including PiCG) at launch. If you want to buy an Ampera at that price now, you’ll have to wait until June 2012 to order it and pray that the £5000 PiCG is still in effect (it may not be, as reported here). Then you’ll have to wait until September for delivery.

So why the change? Well, perhaps Vauxhall wants to cash in on early adopters and buyers who simply must have the latest very latest thing. So if you want to be first in your neighbourhood with an Ampera, the best price is £32,250 including the PiCG. Expect delivery around springtime 2012.

That trim level is called Positiv and highlights include leather interior, climate control, 7-inch colour touchscreen controller, cruise control, heated front seats and Bluetooth.

Next up is the £38,995 (£33,995 including PiCG) Electron model. This adds navigation with voice control (also for telephone and audio systems), a Bose® Energy Efficient Series sound system and 30GB HDD storage with MP3.

So when it arrives, the entry level Ampera will cost some £2,255 less than the currently least expensive Positiv trim level (and another £1,000 less if you’re a lucky ePioneer). We can only guess as to what equipment Vauxhall will drop in order to hit that price point. Leather and heated seats, perhaps?

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