British Gas orders 2k EVs to intensify electrification plan

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UK utility British Gas has intensified its vehicles electrification plan by making the largest commercial electric vehicles (EVs) order with Vauxhall in the UK.

British Gas has ordered 2,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall.

The utility also introduced plans to never purchase another combustion engine vehicle.

The plan is to electrify its commercial fleet, the third largest in the country, by 2025, five years earlier than its previous commitment and well ahead of the 2030 deadline set by the government.

In 2020, British Gas made an order of 1,000 electric vans.

All the 3,000 British Gas EVs ordered from Vauxhall will be on the road by 2022.

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Centrica, the owners of British Gas, which has announced a new plan to be net-zero by 2045, sees the electrification of its vehicle fleet as a key part of its energy transition.

Centrica has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong operational fleet by 2025, five years earlier than originally planned. The energy firm has also committed to make its 1,500 company cars EV only in the same time frame.

British Gas engineers will install all chargers at engineer homes.

Chris O’Shea, chief executive, Centrica, said: “Everyone needs to act now to lower carbon emissions and help the UK reach net zero.  We are leading from the front by not only lowering emissions for our customers and our communities, but by lowering our own emissions, and by increasing the speed at which we do this. Fully electrifying our fleet will make a big difference.

“At the same time, we are helping our customers make the switch to electric and working with motor manufacturers such as Vauxhall on services and solutions for their EV customers such as charge points, infrastructure and innovative EV tariffs with cheaper charging at night and free EV miles. “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Government to create the new jobs our country needs as we all seek to build back greener.”