In a move that is believed to be the largest order of its kind in the UK, British Gas is to add another 2,000 new all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e vans to its fleet. The company has also introduced plans to never purchase another combustion engine vehicle.
As part of its commitment to become a net zero organisation, Centrica, owner of British Gas, has said it will electrify its 12,000-strong operational fleet by 2025, five years earlier than originally planned and will be making further orders with Vauxhall for electric vehicles as soon as they are available.
In addition to the 1,000 Vivaro-es bought last summer, the deal represents the largest commercial battery electric vehicle (BEV) order in the UK to date. All 3,000 electric vehicles will be on the road by 2022. While engineers can volunteer to have the new vans during the rollout, the company is prioritising high pollution areas to help lower emissions.