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British Gas launches charging package to support Mitsubishi plug-in vehicles

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British Gas has launched its first free nationwide charging package to include a home charge point and access to the nationwide POLAR public charging network.

Thanks to the government’s subsidised funding scheme, British Gas is offering electric vehicle users nationwide the option of having a safer charging point installed at home for free. Those who take up this offer will also get access to the POLAR public network which will keep them charged up when out and about at no extra cost.

Andreas Atkins, head of electric vehicle services at British Gas, said: “This offer is a milestone for the UK’s electric vehicle market. The number of electric vehicles on the road is predicted to hit 1.5m by 2020 and the Government funding scheme which makes this offer possible is doing a lot to help reduce the cost of owning an EV even further.

“As the offer is open to anyone it’s a great time for the friends or family of EV drivers to install electric vehicle charge points at their homes. For example, if someone is making a regular journey to and from a relative’s house then having a charge point at both destinations could be worthwhile.”

Lance Bradley, managing director for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: "The package being offered by British Gas comes at an exciting time for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, with sales of the Mitsubishi i-Miev and the launch of the new Outlander PHEV at the end of 2013, it now means it has never been easier to charge your electric vehicle and it cements Mitsubishi's plan for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to account for 20% of our vehicle sales by 2020.

"British Gas is well placed to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle market and we can now guarantee that new and existing customers will receive the very best advice about safe and efficient charging, free of charge, as electric vehicles move more into the mainstream."

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  • Alan Smith - 01/08/2013 11:05

    Having driven an electric vehicle for almost 2 years I must say they are a real fun car to drive and anything that makes charging points more accessible is a great plus. But with manufacturers pushing these car will it not create a problem in the disposal of the large number of batteries at the end of their suggested 8 year life cycle.

    • Brian Holding - 03/08/2013 08:47

      @Alan Smith - Hi Alan, I believe the batteries are 95% re-used. But yes there will be some waste. However when compared the the damage from traditional transport I think it will be a better option. And one can control where it goes too, as opposed to into the atmosphere.

  • Brian Holding - 03/08/2013 08:42

    Could not British Gas install a colour flag system maybe, that any domestic charger with say a green flag of some sort attached that can bee seen from the road, means that anyone (at reasonable times) could knock and ask for a top-up, free as part of free installation of the charger point? I will sign-up for this.

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