Renault have announced that British Gas will be their supplier of vehicle charging points for their brand new range of zero emission fully electric cars and vans throughout the United Kingdom. The motor manufacturer was involved with several utility companies about the contract but finally opted for the household name supplier.
The agreement was officially announced during the technical forum for the RAC Future Car Challenge which was held in London. The partnership means that British Gas will install charge points in both homes and businesses across the country and then supply the electricity to charge the vehicles. In a few months time Renault will launch their new electric Kangoo Van Z.E. and this will be followed by a number of fully electric cars and an innovative urban two-seater, called the Twizy. The Twizy will get its power from a rear-mounted 20bhp electric motor and a full charge will allow the vehicle to run for up to 72 miles.
Within the next eight years it is predicted that electric vehicles will probably account for at least 10% of all vehicles which are sold and protected by a car insurance quote. To be ready, customers will pay from £995 for the domestic installation of a charging point which is much more convenient and safer than having to plug the vehicles directly into the electricity system of the home. British gas research shows that by 2020, 60% of charging points will be installed at motorists homes and only 10% will be public chargers.
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.”
Renault UK selected British Gas because of the strength of their service network, their quality and competitiveness and also the strength of their marketing.