British Gas Has Made The UK’s Largest Electric Van Order
British Gas has ordered 1,000 all-electric vans from Vauxhall. It represents the largest EV order yet made by a commercial fleet in the UK…
Biggest Order Yet
British Gas has made history by placing the UK’s largest order of electric vehicles. It’ll be purchasing 1,000, all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall. The vans will be used by engineers across the country. Centrica, which owns British Gas, has pledged to entirely electrify its 12,000-strong fleet by 2030. The Vivaro-e is a relative of the all-electric Citroen e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert. Vauxhall had planned to reveal the model earlier this year at the Commercial Vehicle Show – coronavirus, however, had other plans. As a result, it was launched digitally. British Gas has stated that it may purchase a fleet of the smaller Vauxhall Combo-e in 2021.
The Vivaro-e boasts the equivalent of 136hp, can carry payloads up to 1,226kg and has a top speed of 81mph. It’s also the first electric van in the UK to have a towing capability. Its range depends on battery size. Customers have a choice between the 50kWh version, which can manage 143 miles, and the 75kWh version which provides 205 miles. Recharging will take 30 minutes and 45 minutes for each version respectively. As of now, prices haven’t been announced. Insiders, however, believe the 50kWh will cost around £30,000.
A Green Recovery
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, welcomed British Gas’ purchase – claiming it was a part of a national green recovery. He said, “today’s announcement marks another milestone as we continue on the road to a green transport recovery. This is a huge step for such an iconic British company, who are showing leadership in making the switch to zero emission vehicles as we to strive to meet net zero emissions by 2050″. He added, “we’re determined to build back greener – to deliver better air quality and lower our carbon footprint, which is why we’re investing more than ever in zero emission grants and infrastructure”.
Stephen Norman, managing director of Vauxhall, was delighted by the purchase. He said, “I am delighted that British Gas has confirmed the UK’s largest order of battery electric vehicles with the Vauxhall Vivaro-e. 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”. He concluded, “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”.
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