Renault and British Gas – Team up to offer domestic EV Charging in the UK

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Renault has partnered with British Gas to be its preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for its new electric cars and vans in the UK.

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British Gas will soon be supplying and installing electric vehicle charge points in homes and businesses across the country. Maybe a name change would help, maybe British Electric would be better, names on a postcard to…

Renault is launching the electric Kangoo Van Z.E. later in the year, followed by a family of fully-electric cars – the new Fluence Z.E. and Zoe car models and an innovative tandem two-seater, the Twizy.

The electric vehicle market is growing in the UK. By 2020, zero emission vehicles could account for approximately 10% of all cars sold in the UK by then 260,000 UK households could own an EV. With the growth in take up for solar panels, 700,000 homes are expected be using solar energy by 2020. Solar and an electric cars offer a major potential to run your vehicle with virtually free power. The average annual earnings of a standard domestic solar panel install could offset the average annual running costs.

British Gas claims customers will pay from £995 including VAT for the domestic installation of a charging point for their EV. Charging points are more convenient and safer than plugging vehicles directly into home sockets and will reduce the charging time by a third. British Gas customers will also receive three years free Home Electrical Care™ offering the customer unlimited call outs for all home electrical repairs, parts and labour included. They have also announced an EV tariff making it cheaper to charge vehicles overnight.

This announcement follows last week’s announcement by Peugeot and EDF regarding their tie-up over charging for the Peugeot iOn or  Citroën C-Zero. Surely with these costs of motoring electrically it could soon become a reliable and cost effective way to travel. All we now need is the VAT on Electric vehicles removed and some sensibly priced cars and vans and I may go for it.

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