British Gas places largest EV order with Vauxhall

British Gas has committed to electrify its commercial fleet earlier, the third largest in the country will now be fully electric by 2025, five years earlier than its previous commitment.

As part of its commitment to become a net-zero organisation, Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed electrify its 12,000 strong operational fleet and purchase 1,500 EV company cars in the same time frame. British Gas has now ordered 2,000 electric Vivaro-e vans in addition to the to 1,000 purchased last year representing the largest commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order in the UK to date. All 3,000 electric vehicles will be on the road by 2022. While engineers can volunteer to have the new vans during the rollout, the company is prioritising high pollution areas to help lower emissions.

Chris O’Shea, chief executive of Centrica, said: “Everyone needs to act now to lower carbon emissions and help the UK reach net-zero. We are leading from the front by not only lowering emissions for our customers and our communities, but by lowering our own emissions, and by increasing the speed at which we do this. Fully electrifying our fleet will make a big difference.”

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