British Gas partners with Toyota on EV charge points


Dean Keeling,
MD, British Gas
Smart Homes
Stockley Park, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — December 15, 2011 – British Gas has been named by Toyota as its preferred supplier of electric vehicle charge points in Britain, the company has announced.

British Gas will be offering Toyota customers a range of products and services for safe, convenient and efficient vehicle recharging, according to a Toyota blog. These will include a full free-of-charge site survey, advice on the best way to equip a home for electric vehicle charging and a number of insurance options.

Business customers will also offered a choice of post and wall-mounted charging points with double sockets, which can be engineered to deliver charging from 3 kW to 43 kW. In the future this will enable certain electric vehicles to be charged in less than an hour.

“British Gas wants to make electric motoring simple, safe and more cost effective,” said Dean Keeling, managing director of British Gas Smart Homes. “Our national network of electrical engineers provides all the advice and expertise necessary to enable car owners to power their car safely and easily, and for less money.”

Toyota will be launching its Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle in Britain early in 2012, with market research suggesting it could garner 70 percent of the national electric vehicle market over the year.

The vehicle is equipped with the next generation of Toyota’s hybrid synergy drive technology, providing an electric only, emissions free driving range of about 14 miles. As a result, it is expected to achieve fuel efficiency of 134.5 mpg and CO2 figures of 49 g/km. It can be fully recharged from a standard 240V electricity supply in just 90 minutes.