19 Jun '11, 4pm

British Gas Powers Its New Electric Cars with Solar Energy: The solar canopies are part of a bigger programme of...

British Gas Powers Its New Electric Cars with Solar Energy: The solar canopies are part of a bigger programme of...

Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport, today unveiled the first of British Gas’ new fully electric and solar powered cars. The two Nissan LEAFs will be used by staff at offices in Staines and Windsor. Both sites have solar-powered charging canopies, which will supply enough renewable electricity to cover the cars’ fuel needs1. The unveiling comes as British Gas announced its aim to have 1,000 electric vans being used by British Gas heating engineers by 2015, starting with 25 next year. Electric cars are expected to become commonplace on British roads. Experts predict that by 2020, electric vehicles could account for approximately 10 percent of all car sales with roughly 325,000 sold in the UK each year. This will add up to roughly 1.5 million electric cars on Britain’s roads by 2020 - five percent of all cars2. British Gas has been working hard to help build ...

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