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British Gas makes biggest UK commercial order of electric vehicles

Jamal Niaz morson news

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​British Gas has confirmed that it has ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall, making it the largest commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order to date. The electric vehicles will arrive over coming 12 months and will be available nationwide to the entire British Gas engineer workforce.

Those engineers that will receive the new vehicles will be chosen from volunteers, but will be prioritising those from targeted areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a replacement van is needed. Further orders from Centrica, owner of British Gas are guaranteed after the initial batch, with the aim of electrifying its whole fleet by 2030 as part of its commitment to becoming a net zero organisation.

British Gas engineers will install all chargers at engineer homes and is accelerating EV adoption in the UK for homes and businesses with charger installs and innovative EV tariffs.

The company is currently increasing the Electric Vehicle engineer workforce through training existing engineers, recruiting new engineers, and creating 1,000 new engineering apprenticeships by the end of 2022.

Matthew Bateman, Managing Director of British Gas stated:

"Our engineers and their vans are part of the local community they serve and it’s important we reduce the emissions of our vans so that we are contributing towards better air quality in their area and the environment. We are committed to the transition to electric vehicles which involves changing our fleet as well as helping consumers and businesses with charge points and infrastructure.

 He continued:

 “We chose to work with Vauxhall as they were able to give us a large number of high-quality and low emission vans to help us effectively serve our customers – and they will also work with us on future EV solutions. Transport is a key area where we can improve carbon emissions and is an important part of our strategy to meet our net-zero targets”

 Stephen Norman, Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors added:

 "I am delighted that British Gas has confirmed the UK’s largest order of battery electric vehicles with the Vauxhall Vivaro-e. As the oldest British vehicle Brand since 1903, I want to thank British Gas, a fellow British business, for their loyalty and trust in Vauxhall. As with all businesses up and down the country, tradespeople rely on their van as an essential tool of their work and our 300-strong Retailer network is crucial in continuing to provide support to carry British business. The strength of the quantity of orders for our all-electric van demonstrates that the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, the first step in the electrification of our entire van range, can contribute towards the transition towards low emissions vehicles whilst improving air quality."

 As well as a leading recruiter in the energy sector, we are on our own carbon neutral journey as part of Shell's Destination: Carbon Neutral fuel card scheme.