British Gas are part of a team bringing the first all-electric carbon-zero car service to the UK this autumn. The fleet of cars will be charged by a network of rapid electric vehicle chargers which will be supplied, installed and maintained by British Gas.
The scheme will begin in London and will roll out to other UK cities. The aim is to have 1,000 cars on the road by 2014. British Gas have been installing electric vehicle charging solutions for the past few years. The new charging network will incorporate rapid charge units that can charge a car from 20% to 80% in just 20 minutes. Each unit of electricity used by the network will be matched with a unit of 100% British renewable electricity. This is the UK’s only carbon-zero car service and brings a low-cost, low-carbon transport option to UK businesses. Businesses who are already using electric vehicles will also be given access to the rapid-charging network allowing them to increase their reach and efficiency.
The scheme is being created in partnership with Thriev, a sustainable transport start-up based in TechCity located in London. Alongside British Gas, Thriev have made sure that the car service is offered at a highly competitive price, allowing businesses to save cash as well as carbon.
“Our service will be cheaper and more convenient than owning a car in places like London both for businesses, but also private use,” said Ian Mihajlovic, Co-Founder of Thriev.
The new scheme arrives at the perfect time as the UK Government continues to invest in electric vehicles, aiming to have 1.2 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. The popularity of electric vehicles has been growing over the last few years with registrations of pure electric and hybrid cars up 70% in 2013 on the previous year. With the new charging infrastructure and Thriev’s fleet of carbon-zero cars, it looks like the UK is well on the way to becoming a world leader in electric vehicle use.
“Innovations like Thriev make it possible for businesses to have the best of both worlds,” said Andreas Atkins, Head of Electric Vehicle Services at British Gas, “making major reductions in their carbon footprint and saving money at the same time.”