Not haunting this forum very often these days, but spotted this post on a fleeting visit!
The deal you're quoting isn't near those fire sales end of last year, £5k deposit and a higher GFV.
But I didn't take a Zoe because I didn't really like it very much.
I think that was probably having been spoilt by the Fluence. I still say it is the most sublime of the experiences offered by any current EV.
So what did I do, you ask?
Initially I did, indeed, stick with the Vectra and intended to keep it for a few years to see how EV tech evolved. However, a couple of months on and began wondering whether that was a good or bad position to take. I started looking at Amperas and figured that if long range BEV trips were going to soon be based on pay-for-use chargers then they'd have to charge pretty much the same as fuel costs to sustain them.
If chargers stayed free, then soon they'd all be either broken, or the ones working would be chocked up with people needing a charge. So I began to appreciate what REx might offer. That meant either i3, unaffordable to me, or Ampera. I saw a high mileage one at a price I was prepared to pay, and took it.
REx are getting shorter in range these days not longer, and Ampera is taken off the UK market. It was a bit of an impulse buy, really, but once everyone who wants one has got one I suspect they'll come up for sale rarely, so figured I should buy one while the buying was good.
I might trade it in one day for an i3, if they smooth out the busy ride in later versions of the car, but right now the Ampera is an easy choice because on the basis of the factors I am considering there is simply nothing else that can compete.
I tell you, I do worry about how complicated the car is, though, and its potential reliability. The battery is a very well engineered component so no worries there, but there are so many systems and components on it that I do have some trepidation.
But just over 2 months on and 2k miles and everything is looking rosy so far, fingers crossed, touch wood, etc. I've used 20 litres of petrol in that time, and 10 of those was just testing out the engine and what mpg I get without the battery. I should end up using around 100 litres petrol a year or so, and the battery is so over engineered that excepting a physical fault I can see it potentially lasting the life of the car.