british gas launches free nationwide electric vehicle charging package in support of i-miev and outlander phev customers

CIRENCESTER – UK; In a move set to make the cost of running an electric vehicle (EV) even more affordable, 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 (an operating division of Chargemaster Plc) which will keep them charged up when out and about at no extra cost.

Available from 1st July until 31st March 2015, the package includes at no extra cost:

  • A free[2] 16 Amp data-enabled charging point with a recommended connector that’s most suitable for your own specific vehicle. This will give you faster[3] and more convenient charging at home
  • Home suitability survey and data enabled charging point installation. Survey and installation by a fully-trained British Gas electrician on the same day for your convenience
  • Installation of a dedicated circuit, separate from your home electrical circuit, allowing for faster charging that won’t affect your home electrics
  • Earthing connection for ensured safety, supplied as standard and in line with industry guidelines
  • Access and use of the POLAR public network until the end of March 2014[4]
  • Three year data enabled charging point warranty[5] and three year parts and labour warranty[6]
  • Access to Chargevision online account management and smart phone app to help you keep track of your energy usage
  • Monthly network updates by email

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[7] 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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[1] Please refer to editor notes for full terms and conditions

[2] Access and usage of POLAR public charging network available across UK at no additional cost.  This offer is subject to availability and any proposed offer end date will be published in advance. To find out what’s included in this offer, refer to the frequently asked questions section. This offer is only valid in mainland UK and excludes the Channel Islands and Isle of Man

[3] Charging times assume the battery is charged constantly at the max rate with 100% efficient charging. Calculations based on using a 16 Amp charging unit compared to a 10 Amp 3 pin plug socket. Actual charging times depend on a vehicle’s charging cycle, the size of the electric vehicle battery and the charging current (amps) of the charging point.

[4] Chargemaster reserves the right to review this pricing structure on an individual basis with 30 days notice.

[5] Chargemaster products, including all components and accessories shall be fully guaranteed against all defects arising from faults in design, manufacture and workmanship for a period of 36 months from delivery of charging points/s. Anything else is excluded. Applies to mainland UK only.

[6] British Gas guarantees all parts and labour for 36 months from the date of any repair/fitting. Any guarantees do not affect your legal rights under the Sales of Goods Act 1979 and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982. You can get advice about your rights from a Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards Department.

[7] According to EC clean fuel strategy 2013

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