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Collected my new Cyber Grey Ampera Positiv from Pentagon in Sheffield on Thursday and I'm absolutely delighted. Love the driving experience and, thanks to people on this forum, have been aware of the few limitations to the car for a long time, so no unpleasant surprises. Most relaxing driving I have ever done and I'll never tire of the power flow graphics!
Looking forward to having a charger installed at home on Tuesday by the incredibly friendly people at Solway Renewables in Cumbria (again thanks to people on this forum for the pointer) and working on the office landlord to have a charge point installed at work. Luckily, I work in Manchester and there are a couple of GMEV (chargeyourcar) charge points nearby if the landlord becomes obstinate.
Anyway, even though I've been lurking on the forum for a while, and soaking up the benefits of everybody's experiences, I thought it high time I introduced myself.

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Collected my new Cyber Grey Ampera Positiv from Pentagon in Sheffield on Thursday and I'm absolutely delighted. Love the driving experience and, thanks to people on this forum, have been aware of the few limitations to the car for a long time, so no unpleasant surprises. Most relaxing driving I have ever done and I'll never tire of the power flow graphics!
Looking forward to having a charger installed at home on Tuesday by the incredibly friendly people at Solway Renewables in Cumbria (again thanks to people on this forum for the pointer) and working on the office landlord to have a charge point installed at work. Luckily, I work in Manchester and there are a couple of GMEV (chargeyourcar) charge points nearby if the landlord becomes obstinate.
Anyway, even though I've been lurking on the forum for a while, and soaking up the benefits of everybody's experiences, I thought it high time I introduced myself.

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Welcome! What sort of daily usage will you be doing in your ampera?
 

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Welcome to SpeakEV and your new world of Ampera ownership. I have the Volt and agree it is the most relaxing car to drive:)
 

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Looks like 4 Amperas in a row, I've never seen so many in one place.
Yes, I was amazed. I had paid the deposit and signed the paperwork and wanted to have a look at the 'actual' car.
There was about 15 of them lined up. Wanted to take them all home and give them the life they deserve. Apologies for the Alfa in the way (my old car.)

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Welcome! What sort of daily usage will you be doing in your ampera?
School run and Preston to Manchester in the morning (32 miles, 21ish of them motorway) then the return Manchester to Preston journey (26 miles, 21ish motorway). Hoping to get as many battery miles out of that as possible. May need the generator for a couple of miles in the morning.

I was thinking that - is that at Pentagon?
Yep. Got to say that the sales experience was one of the least stressful I've ever had. Usually a battle.
 

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Must add folks, I had the most bizarre experience on my second outing in the car. A young (20s) couple following me in an old Corsa and the young lady in the passenger seat was taking photos of the back of my car as I was driving up the A6 from Chorley.
Wasn't entirely sure whether to be proud or scared. Opted for proud in the end. Decided to be entirely pleased with driving something that is just a little bit rare.
 

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Yes, I was amazed. I had paid the deposit and signed the paperwork and wanted to have a look at the 'actual' car.
There was about 15 of them lined up. Wanted to take them all home and give them the life they deserve. Apologies for the Alfa in the way (my old car.)

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School run and Preston to Manchester in the morning (32 miles, 21ish of them motorway) then the return Manchester to Preston journey (26 miles, 21ish motorway). Hoping to get as many battery miles out of that as possible. May need the generator for a couple of miles in the morning.



Yep. Got to say that the sales experience was one of the least stressful I've ever had. Usually a battle.
I think you should comfortably do your morning run on electric only. If you can grab a 2-3 hour charge during the day, then you will be good for the run home too :)

Got to say I am pleased to hear another pentagon buyer say it was painless, that certainly mirrored my experience.
 

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I think you should comfortably do your morning run on electric only. If you can grab a 2-3 hour charge during the day, then you will be good for the run home too :)

Got to say I am pleased to hear another pentagon buyer say it was painless, that certainly mirrored my experience.
Wesley (the Ampera specialist) was very low pressure which was quite refreshing.
With the GMEV charge points (less than a quarter of a mile from my work), I'm allowed up to 4 hours on a type 2 connection. That should - hopefully - be enough for a full charge to get me home (and to Asda for the 'essentials' my other half needs me to get).
 

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Wesley (the Ampera specialist) was very low pressure which was quite refreshing.
With the GMEV charge points (less than a quarter of a mile from my work), I'm allowed up to 4 hours on a type 2 connection. That should - hopefully - be enough for a full charge to get me home (and to Asda for the 'essentials' my other half needs me to get).
I dealt with Rob, don't think they had an Ampera specialist at the time, but one of their sales guys had the demo model as his car, and was travelling up from Loughborough or somewhere daft!

3hours 52 minutes is a full charge on most 7kw posts (useless factoid) so if you can drop it off before work and pick it up at lunchtime that should be spot on. Electric motoring all the way ! (Just keep the climate control below 23 degrees !)
 

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I dealt with Rob, don't think they had an Ampera specialist at the time, but one of their sales guys had the demo model as his car, and was travelling up from Loughborough or somewhere daft!

3hours 52 minutes is a full charge on most 7kw posts (useless factoid) so if you can drop it off before work and pick it up at lunchtime that should be spot on. Electric motoring all the way ! (Just keep the climate control below 23 degrees !)
Thanks Lee. That's the plan. Drop it off at the charge point on the way to work and collect at lunchtime.
Hopefully I should be fully charged by then.
Just waiting for the Type 2 cable to arrive now - ordered from NuWorld on Friday. The ChargeYourCar card arrived this morning (£10 via GMEV, which is brilliant) and free charging.
Happy days.
 

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Congratulations and as Lee says, welcome to the rapidly growing club!! I also bought from Pentagon in Sheffield and it was pretty painless.

It sounds like you should manage a fully electric commute probably 95% of the year. Enjoy.

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Congratulations and as Lee says, welcome to the rapidly growing club!! I also bought from Pentagon in Sheffield and it was pretty painless.

It sounds like you should manage a fully electric commute probably 95% of the year. Enjoy.

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Thanks Derek, certainly hope so.
 

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Mine came from Pentagon Sheffield. I was disappointed with how it arrived, stained seats, dirty interior, windows and a few scratches here and there. It was a company car, if it was my own car purchased with my own hard cash I would have rejected it.
 

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Mine came from Pentagon Sheffield. I was disappointed with how it arrived, stained seats, dirty interior, windows and a few scratches here and there. It was a company car, if it was my own car purchased with my own hard cash I would have rejected it.
Sounds like you had a bit of a nightmare. I would certainly feel the same in your position. Mine was pristine so I can only go off my own experience. The car itself was well prepared and the whole sales experience was very smooth.
Hope this was just a one off.
 

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If it wasn't for the fact that I know there were very few MY 2013 Electrons in power blue with white accent leather then I might have made a bit of a fuss. The build date was Sept 2012 so I kind of expected it not to be perfect. Either way I will be doing 3000 miles a month so the odd mark here and there is only like a few weeks usage
 

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Mine came from Pentagon Sheffield. I was disappointed with how it arrived, stained seats, dirty interior, windows and a few scratches here and there. It was a company car, if it was my own car purchased with my own hard cash I would have rejected it.
That's odd, mine was also a company car (I have since purchased it from the company when I changed jobs), and it was spotless.
My only 'complaint' was that I waited 48 hours before I ordered it, and @Derek ended up with one 3 weeks before me, which he then parked up and abandoned whilst he went on holiday ;)

I would have rejected it if it wasn't bang on! It's still £23000 of someone's money !
 
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