Carol Vorderman goes green with Vauxhall Ampera

Carol Vorderman, one of British television’s most recognisable faces, has become the latest celebrity to take delivery of a new Vauxhall Ampera.

Go ultra low

The former Countdown co-presenter has been a supporter of the Go Ultra Low campaign, a government initiative that aims to promote the usage of low-emissions vehicles.

As well as being an advocate of the project and holding a degree in Engineering, Carol has admitted to being something of a petrolhead, meaning that she was excited to receive her new Ampera.

Vauxhall’s director of communications, Denis Chick, said: “Carol is a great ambassador for the Vauxhall Ampera. She is a perfect example of the kind of person we are trying to reach with the Go Ultra Low campaign.

“There are many myths surrounding ultra-low emissions vehicles which simply aren’t true; as Carol’s experience has proven, the Vauxhall Ampera performs for just about any lifestyle today.”

Carol is the latest in a long line of celebrity endorsers who have gotten behind the plug-in hybrid Ampera, after fashion guru Gok Wan added one to his list of must-have accessories earlier in the year.

Upon its introduction in 2012, the Vauxhall Ampera was the first plug-in hybrid to go on sale in the UK, and has proven popular since.

Economy

In addition to its low emissions figures and high fuel economy, the car that Carol received includes a wide range of creature comforts including voice activated satnav, a DVD player and a Bose sound system.

Initially wary that a plug-in car would be a lot of work, Carol said: “Actually quite the opposite is true, it’s easy. You come home, plug it in, you go away and come back in the morning and it’s fully charged.

“It gets me through the day and I don’t have to go to the petrol station which long-term, saves me a considerable amount of money.”

Boasting a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles, the Ampera can be charged by a 240 volt plug in your home. It also features a small range-extending generator, powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine, which can extend its usability by up to 300 miles.

Carol added: “If someone was considering buying one of these cars now, I’d say do it. They’re a fantastic piece of engineering and very, very simple to use. They look good, they’re quiet, and they’re obviously fuel efficient, as well as being good for the environment.”


Pricing for the Ampera starts at £28,750 for the entry-level model, which includes a £5,000 government grant.