British Gas and Renault have announced that British Gas will be the preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for Renault’s new range of zero emission fully electric vans and cars in the UK.
Dean Keeling, Managing Director of British Gas Smart Homes, said “the market for electric vehicles in Britain is growing fast. With our national network of electrical engineers, our electricity supply business, our solar panel business and our roll out of smart meters, British Gas is well placed to be at the forefront of that market. We can help electric car owners power their car for less money and from renewable sources.”
Customers will pay from £995 including VAT for the domestic installation of a charging point by one of British Gas’ nationwide network of qualified installers. Charging points are more convenient and safer than plugging the vehicles directly into the home electricity system and will cut the charging time by a third.
The announcement from British Gas and Renault is further indication of the growing electric vehicle market in the UK. Experts predict that by 2020, electric vehicles could account for approximately 10% of all vehicles sold in the UK. This equates to 260,000 UK households owning an electric vehicle.