Britain's largest energy supplier British Gas has signed a three-year contract with Dutch charging infrastructure provider Alfen to supply charging equipment for its own business, its parent company Centrica and its customers.
Alfen's smart AC chargers will initially be rolled out at the homes of British Gas employees to accelerate the electrification of the company's own fleet. Subsequently, British Gas' and Centrica's premises will also be equipped with charging infrastructure from the Dutch company. Centrica also plans to offer Alfen chargers to business customers who want to electrify their fleets as part of a trial. The background to this is the development of a "smart energy management package".
In the summer, British Gas ordered 1,000 Vivaro-e e-transporters from Opel's UK sister brand Vauxhall, which the manufacturer said was the largest commercial order for electric vehicles in the UK to date. The vans will arrive in the coming months and will be deployed across the country. For its part, parent company Centrica committed in 2019 to electrify its 12,000-strong fleet by 2030 when it joined the EV100 initiative.
"Transport is a key area where we can reduce CO2 emissions and an important part of our overall strategy to achieve our net zero targets," expresses Americo Lenza, Portfolio Director at British Gas Services & Solutions. Alfen was chosen because the supplier has high quality charging stations with smart features and the devices can be easily integrated into British Gas' smart systems.alfen.com