British Gas has ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall in what it says represents the largest electric vehicle (EV) order for a commercial fleet in the UK.
On 7 July, it confirmed the vans will arrive over the next 12 months and be rolled out nationwide across the British Gas engineer workforce. With British Gas owner, Centrica, committing to electrifying its fleet of 12,000 vehicles by 2030, further orders will be made with Vauxhall for EVs as they become available. The engineers to receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers, though British Gas will look to target areas where it is important to lower emissions as well as where a van already needs replacing.
Chargers will be installed at engineer homes, with British Gas currently engaged in upskilling engineers in EV charging as it looks to accelerate EV adoption for homes and businesses with charger installs and EV tariffs.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said: “Today’s announcement marks another milestone as we continue on the road to a green transport recovery. This is a huge step for such an iconic British company, who are showing leadership in making the switch to zero emission vehicles as we to strive to meet net zero emissions by 2050.”