A Government fund, set-up to promote uptake of electric vehicles among car buyers, will subsidise the cost of the ‘wallbox’ charging unit and installation, with British Gas covering the remaining costs – saving EV and plug-in hybrid drivers £1,333.
Included in the offer is a 16-amp data-enabled charging point, with a connector to suit the owner’s vehicle – those wanting a speedier charge can pay to upgrade to a 32amp unit. A dedicated British Gas technician completes a compatibility survey of your home before same-day installation of the charging unit begins.
To take advantage of the offer, you must have off-street parking, and, if you’re living in a rental property, permission from the landlord. The charging point is data enabled and requires an 02 network connection. Before proceeding with the install, check that you are able to receive 02 signal in your home first. There is no need to have an 02 account.
The offer, available until March 31st 2015, also allows customers to access public charging and rapid charging points to the end of March next year for free. This makes the ultra-green Toyota Prius Plug-In an even more tempting proposition – a full battery recharge takes just ninety minutes from a standard 230V domestic power supply. Furthermore, the model boasts emissions of 49g/km, is congestion charge exempt, and qualifies for a £5,000 government grant, which is deducted from the on-the-road price.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the Toyota Motor Corporation is leading the hybrid and electric vehicle charge by joining forces with Honda Motor Co Ltd, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation – to develop and install a robust charging infrastructure. The project is being jointly funded by the four manufacturers and the Japanese government and it is hoped that by 2020, alternative energy vehicles will account for 20 per cent of all new car sales in the country.
More information on the British Gas scheme can be found here, terms and conditions apply.