PHOTO CAPTION: Vauxhall Ampera is based on Chevrolet Volt platform.

Brits Find Savings In Switch From Pump to Plug

British commuters who were spending £15 to £18 a day for 60-mile trips are cutting that to fraction by switching from petrol-powered cars to plug-in models.

Published: 25-Feb-2013

David Peilow used to spend £15 to £18 a day on his 60-mile commute from Winchester to Portsmouth.

But the satellite systems engineer reckons he’s slashed £2,000 off his petrol costs in the past eight months. And it’s all down to changing his vehicle to an electric car.

Despite shelling out £34,000 on the top of the range plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Ampera, he is confident it will pay for itself over time.
David, 35, says: 'It’s a fantastic car. I used to have an Audi A3 1.8, which would have cost more than £2,400 in petrol to cover the same distance – my commute includes plenty of stop-start motorway traffic.


Vauxhall/Opel Ampera wins over European automotive journalists.

A panel of 59 leading motoring writers from 23 European countries select Ampera over VW Up! and Ford Focus.

Vauxhall Ampera wins Monte Carlo Rally for electric and alternative propulsion cars.

Some 130 competitors from around 30 manufacturers took part, among them seven Amperas, twins of the Chevrolet Volt.

Vauxhall Ampera is assembled in Detroit and exported to Europe.

Vauxhall forecasts it will sell 3,500 units of the £30,000 car this year, though overall EV sales have been static.


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