Vauxhall said that the entry-level version of the Vauxhall Ampera – named Vauxhall Ampera Earth -- is priced at £29,995 (after accounting for the £5000 government plug-in discount). This makes the entry-level car cost £2,255 less than the mid-spec Positiv version. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Electron model is priced from £34k (including the government’s incentive). The Earth is different from the Positiv and Electron-spec models since it doesn’t have parking sensors, leather seats and the 30GB HDD system. The features that are retained include the seven-inch touch screen, DAB radio and Bluetooth as well as cruise control and remote keyless entry. Powering the Vauxhall Ampera range extender is an 86bhp/93lb ft torque electric motor, which is supported by a compact four-cylinder combustion engine. Vauxhall claims that the Ampera offers better than 300mpg in urban use. It also offers a maximum cruising range of over 300 miles. It also claims that it has CO2 tailpipe emissions of 27g/km.
Gallery: 2012 Vauxhall Ampera Earth