British Gas orders all-electric van fleet
British Gas will soon have one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in UK business.
The energy giant has ordered 2,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall for its engineers, adding to a fleet of 1,000 purchased in 2020. All 3,000 vans will be on the road by 2022.
The move should help British Gas reach its goal of electrifying its entire fleet by 2025 and help the UK to reach Net Zero carbon by 2050.
Chris O'Shea, Chief Executive of Centrica (parent company of British Gas) 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.”
Paul Willcox, Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors, said, “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.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added, “This is a huge step as we build back greener, lower our carbon footprint and deliver better air quality up and down the country – with more zero-emission models of cars and vans on the market than ever before, there has never been a better time for drivers and businesses to make the switch.”