British Gas will present a new electricity tariff in 2012 that will require owners of electric cars to pay as low as 1.59p (about 2 cents) for every mile of charge. This means that motorists get to save about £1,200 ($1,700) annually compared to when petrol is used. Thus, it comes as no surprise that it has been named as the official provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging for the yearly RAC Future Car Challenge.
The world’s top low-energy driving challenge requires entrants to drive a 60-mile route from Brighton to London with the least amount of energy necessary. Aside from increasing the charge for vehicles that join the challenge, British Gas is bringing in two electric cars, which will driven by two of the UKs biggest electric car advocates.
One is Mark Goodier from Smooth FM. The next one is Robert Llewellyn, a TV presenter and comedian. In fact, Goodier is the first person in Britain to be the owner of a Nissan Leaf.
Last May, British Gas installed 12 solar panels on his home and since then, his vehicle had been running on solar energy. Dean Keeling, Managing Director of British Gas Smart Homes, said that the company is “delighted” about making electric vehicles accessible to all.
He explained that the company seeks to make owning an electric car as hassle-free as possible by setting up smart meters, providing cheaper electricity through its new tariff, and telling consumers when to charge in order to lessen carbon emissions.