British Gas intends to roll out its Vauxhall Vivaro-e fleet over the next 12 months nationwide, across the British Gas engineer workforce.
"The engineers who receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers but also targeting areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a van already needs replacing. The British Gas engineers will install the chargers at engineer homes. The company is currently upskilling engineers in EV charging and is accelerating EV adoption for homes and businesses with charger installs and EV tariffs. "
Moreover, Centrica (owner of British Gas), has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030, which means we will see more than 1,000 EVs per year on average.
According to the press release, British Gas may be interested also in upcoming smaller vans called the Combo-e, which will be available from Summer 2021.
We never saw such high orders of medium EV vans in Europe before, but there was also not much choice several years ago. Now, despite the segment booming, PSA Group (which includes Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel/Vauxhall) distinguished itself from the rest by increasing the battery pack and range significantly. It may be the answer to why British Gas selected the Vauxhall Vivaro-e.
There are two versions available (see more details here):
- up to 230 km (143 miles) of WLTP range with 50 kWh battery (18 modules)
- up to 330 km (205 miles) of WLTP range with 75 kWh battery (27 modules)
Gallery: Vauxhall Vivaro-e
British Gas makes largest UK commercial EV order with Vauxhall
British Gas has ordered 1,000 of the new all-electric Vivaro-e van from Vauxhall for its engineers
This represents the largest electric vehicle order for a commercial fleet in the UK
British Gas has the third largest commercial fleet in the country and is committed to fully electrifying it by 2030
British Gas today announces that it has ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall – the largest commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order in the UK to date. The BEVs will arrive over the next 12 months and be rolled out nationwide across the British Gas engineer workforce.
Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030 and will be making further orders with Vauxhall for electric vehicles as soon as they are available. This may include the all-electric Combo-e – available from Summer 2021.
The engineers who receive the new vans will be chosen from volunteers but also targeting areas where it is important to lower emissions and where a van already needs replacing. The British Gas engineers will install the chargers at engineer homes. The company is currently upskilling engineers in EV charging and is accelerating EV adoption for homes and businesses with charger installs and EV tariffs.
Matthew Bateman, Managing Director of British Gas, said: “Our engineers and their vans are part of the local community they serve and it’s important we reduce the emissions of our vans so that we are contributing towards better air quality in their area and the environment. We are committed to the transition to electric vehicles which involves changing our fleet as well as helping consumers and businesses with charge points and infrastructure. We chose to work with Vauxhall as they were able to give us a large number of high-quality and low emission vans to help us effectively serve our customers – and they will also work with us on future EV solutions. Transport is a key area where we can improve carbon emissions and is an important part of our strategy to meet our net zero targets.”
Stephen Norman, Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors, said: “I am delighted that British Gas has confirmed the UK’s largest order of battery electric vehicles with the Vauxhall Vivaro-e. As the oldest British vehicle Brand since 1903, I want to thank British Gas, a fellow British business, for their loyalty and trust in Vauxhall.
“As with all businesses up and down the country, tradespeople rely on their van as an essential tool of their work and our 300-strong Retailer network is crucial in continuing to provide support to carry British business. The strength of the quantity of orders for our all-electric van demonstrates that the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, the first step in the electrification of our entire van range, can contribute towards the transition towards low emissions vehicles whilst improving air quality.”