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Free home EV charging point scheme launched by British Gas

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In a move set to make the cost of running an electric vehicle (EV) even more affordable, British Gas has today launched  its first free nationwide  charging package to include a home charge point and access to the nationwide POLAR public charging network.

Available from 1st July until 31st March 2015, the package includes:

  • Installation of a home charge point (a 16 Amp data enabled Wall Box  to help you keep track of your energy use) and an earthing connection for ensured safety
  • Access to the POLAR network until the end of March 2014 for the use of  more than 1,800 public charging points across the country
  • A home-suitability survey by a British Gas electrician, and installation
  • Access to Chargevision online account management and smart phone app
  • Three year charge point warranty and three year parts and labour warranty

Open to anyone, not just British Gas customers, this offer is jointly funded through British Gas and the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, with access to the Polar network provided by Chargemaster.

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.”

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster Plc said: Chargemaster is pleased to work with British Gas on this project.  Providing free Homecharge Units and free membership of POLAR is a great opportunity for EV owners to get the most out of their electric motoring.”

To find out more, visit www.britishgas.co.uk/electricvehicles

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  • Patriot - 05/07/2013 22:39

    "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.” Really? No.1 son and D-i-L live 224 miles from me and rest of immediate family live 34 miles away-and Yorkshire is a hilly county This move by British Gas is probably aimed at commuters who live in Lincoln, Norfolk, Cambridge and London. I have a suggestion for the 'boffins' at BG; Join the real world.

  • Not my real name - 09/07/2013 07:45

    Call me cynical, but are BG just looking to have more charging points at customer locations to top up their inteneded fleet of electric Nissans? If you consider that the charge points will most likely be vacant during the day, if they can get one into nearly every street, they'll be able to significantly extend the range of their engineers.

  • Len Bowe - 09/07/2013 17:16

    you need the charging point prior to the ev car or you have just bought a 15 grand ornament, and you better like walking

  • Joe Dever - 12/11/2014 23:13

    Open to all customers, but you have to create an online account on their website, for which you need your existing BG account number. So this is really only available for BG customers.

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