Premiership footballer scores a Vauxhall Ampera

Jagielka’s new Ampera is painted in Power Blue and has been specified in the range-topping Electron trim, which sits above the basic Earth trim and the mid-range Positiv trim.

Inside the Everton star should find the Ampera well stocked in terms of equipment with standard features provided including a radio/DVD player, a 30GB hard drive for storing music and voice-activated satellite navigation.

Commenting on his new car, Jagielka said: “I am delighted to be driving a Vauxhall Ampera. I am very grateful for all of the help Vauxhall have given me in making this revolutionary vehicle available”.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall, Duncan Aldred, commented: “We are very pleased Phil has chosen a Vauxhall Ampera. Its great news for Vauxhall to pair one of England’s most dependable centre backs with our universally-acclaimed extended-range electric vehicle”.

Phil Jagielka is not the only famous footballer to get the keys for a Vauxhall Ampera. The former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has been commuting in an Ampera hatchback since July 2012.

First launched in the UK during the spring last year, the Vauxhall Ampera is classed as an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV). The Ampera’s powertrain combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a small range-extending electric motor to deliver a combined output of 150bhp.

The Vauxhall Ampera has a projected fuel economy of 235.4mpg, while the travel range is projected at over 300 miles. The Ampera can also be driven on electric power only for a estimated travel range of 25-50 miles.

The electric motor in the Ampera can be charged either by generated energy sent from the onboard petrol engine or alternatively with a 240V charge plug, the latter method can fully recharge the Ampera in about six hours.

Prices for the Vauxhall Ampera currently start at £29,995 for the Earth specification, while the Positiv trim is priced at £32,250 and the range-topping Electron model is available from £33,995.

UK motorists can order a Vauxhall Ampera from Perrys either online or by visiting your nearest Perrys Vauxhall Dealership.