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Centrica and Volkswagen Group partner up for charging solutions

Centrica has signed a deal with Volkswagen to install home charging stations through its British Gas brand for all Volkswagen Group brand customers in the UK.

The partnership will support the rollout of VW Group’s planned launch of 80- electric and plug-in hybrids models from VW, VW Commercial Vehicles, Skoda, Seat and Audi over the next five years.

The co-operation will start work immediately on providing charging services for all group customers, apart from Audi, which will roll-out later this year.

Volkswagen’s Elli subsidiary, founded in early 2019, is the group’s mobility partner for charging hardware and related services and will be the partner with British Gas.

British Gas will deliver home charging installations, aftersales services and preparatory electric upgrades for charging infrastructure across the UK.

Sarwjit Sambhi, Centrica Consumer chief executive, said: “Getting carbon out of transport by accelerating EV adoption is critical for net zero.

“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.”

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.

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