British Gas has announced what it says is the largest UK commercial electric vehicle (EV) order to-date, purchasing 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-electric vans from Vauxhall.
The EVs will arrive over the next 12 months and be rolled out across the British Gas engineering workforce.
Centrica, the owner of British Gas, has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030 and will be making further orders with Vauxhall for electric vehicles as soon as they are available. This may include the all-electric Combo-e – available from Summer 2021.
The engineers who receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers but also targeting areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a van already needs replacing. The British Gas engineers will install the chargers at engineer homes. The company is currently upskilling engineers in EV charging and is accelerating EV adoption for homes and businesses with charger installs and EV tariffs.
Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP stated: “Today’s announcement marks another milestone as we continue on the road to a green transport recovery. This is a huge step for such an iconic British company, who are showing leadership in making the switch to zero-emission vehicles as we to strive to meet net zero emissions by 2050.”
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