Autovolt Magazine

Olympic Gold Medallist Alex Gregory Drives a Vauxhall Ampera

Alex Gregory MBE, GB rower and Olympic Gold medallist has taken delivery of a cutting-edge Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric vehicle.

Alex who was a part of the GB team in the coxless fours who rowed their way to victory against Australia in the London 2012 Olympic Games will be driving a top-of-the-range Ampera Electron. Alex said:

“I am really exciting about driving a brand new Vauxhall Ampera. I was very interested in working with Vauxhall and the Ampera because of its environmental link to myself and rowing on the open rivers.”

The award winning vehicle is well equipped with voice activated sat nav featuring street level mapping for 20 European countries, audio/video DVD player, hard drive device with 30GB music file capacity and Bose ‘Energy Efficient Series’ sound system. Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with Alex Gregory MBE. It is great to work with somebody who has achieved so much to such a high level. The Vauxhall Ampera is a car which pushes boundaries and goes further. These are certainly attributes we feel Alex demonstrates daily, challenging his limits and showing sheer determination.”

The Vauxhall Ampera has a real-world battery range of between 25-50 miles and the Ampera can be charged by a 240V three point plug on a separate circuit in your home. The Ampera has a small range-extending generator, powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine, which 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 conventional hybrid vehicles.

Ampera pricing starts at £28,750 on-the-road (including a £5,000 government grant) for the Positiv model. The car is available through a network of 25 specialist Vauxhall dealers and is covered by the manufacturer’s industry-leading Lifetime Warranty.

Alex Gregory Vauxhall Ampera

Source; Vauxhall