Luton – Vauxhall’s Ampera extended range electric car has won its first major honour of 2013, the Green Model of the Year category of the 2013 Business Car Awards.

Business Cars 2013

This headline award was voted for by Business Car magazine’s readers who chose the best products and services for businesses.

“The Vauxhall Ampera is a genuinely revolutionary piece of technological development, and it’s no surprise that the readers of Business Car chose it as their Green Model of the Year,” said Paul Barker, Editor of Business Car. “In the right usage pattern, the Ampera can make a massive difference to a driver’s fuel bills, and with the company car tax and National Insurance benefits of such an ultra-low emission vehicle, it’s clear to see why it’s a winner.”

“Ampera is a technological masterpiece and we are very pleased that it has been recognised by the readers of Business Car magazine,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director.

Vauxhall Awards 2013

The Ampera arrived in UK showrooms last year and has a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles, after which a small range-extender motor intervenes to provide up to an additional 300-plus mile range. At all times, the Ampera’s wheels are electrically driven, setting it apart from hybrid vehicles.

Ampera pricing starts at £29,995 (including £5,000 government grant) for the Earth model. The car is available through a network of 24 specialist Vauxhall dealers and is covered by the manufacturer’s industry-leading Lifetime Warranty.

Pioneering customers are also given further piece of mind thanks to the Love It or Return It available on Ampera whereby if purchasers find that within the first 30 days/1500 miles of ownership Ampera isn’t right for them after all, they can return it to Vauxhall.

The revolutionary vehicle is also offered on the 3-Day Test Drive programme through which customers can test a Vauxhall for three days, without paying a penny more than the fuel used.