Centrica, a leading energy company and Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, have agreed a three-year partnership.
Centrica, exclusively through the British Gas brand, will install home charging stations and provide aftersales services to Volkswagen Group customers across the UK, working with Elli, Volkswagen’s subsidiary. It is hoped that the partnership will help accelerate EV adoption across the UK helping customers transition to electric vehicles smoothly and cost effectively.
“Getting carbon out of transport by accelerating EV adoption is critical for net zero. We’re proud to play our part by helping enable the EV transition for Volkswagen, one of the world’s most forward thinking and ambitious automotive companies. Centrica is committed to a pathway for the energy transition in line with the Paris agreement through focusing on three things – helping our customers reduce their emissions, reducing the emissions of the energy system as a whole, and reducing our own. We made material progress on all of these during 2019 and are committed to a plan for delivering net zero by 2050.”Sarwjit Sambhi, CEO, Centrica Consumer
Volkswagen Group has committed to introducing 80 electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025.
“2020 is a landmark year for the Volkswagen Group as we launch the ID.3, the first car on the ground-breaking MEB platform. The Volkswagen Group is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change and we have set our goals on zero carbon emissions by 2050. Here in the UK we will do our part, and I am delighted that Elli have teamed up with Centrica to deliver home charging solutions. This will give customers even more confidence as they make the switch to emission free driving.”Alex Smith, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UK Ltd
Centrica is working with car manufacturers, fleet owners and public bodies to support them in EV readiness, providing an EV enablement package which includes charger infrastructure, energy management, financing, and optimisation. It also offers a British Gas electric vehicle tariff that allows consumers to take advantage of off-peak electricity prices by using the car dashboard or car manufacturer’s app to schedule EV charging during the cheaper night time hours.