British Gas to install electric car charge points for Nissan LEAF

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Nissan has announced that British Gas is the preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for the Nissan LEAF.

The deal means that British Gas will supply and install electric car charge points in homes and businesses across the country. Charge points will be installed in domestic garages and driveways, as well as office car parks.

Charge points are more convenient than plugging the cars directly into the home electrical system and will substantially cut the charging time. British Gas will also help Nissan LEAF customers upgrade their home by installing solar panels – so they could charge their electric car for free.

The Nissan LEAF, which is now available to test drive at showrooms, is the first affordable, mass-market electric family car to be sold in the UK and produces no exhaust emissions. It is much cheaper to run than petrol cars, with a full charge costing less than £2, which gives the LEAF a range of 109 miles.

Customers will pay from £995 for the installation of a charging point by one of British Gas’ nationwide network of qualified installers. The deal includes three years of free British Gas Home Electrical Cover which gives the customer unlimited call outs for all home electrical repairs, including parts and labour.

Prices for solar panels start at around £9,000. As well as providing the home with free renewable electricity, the panels will also provide a yearly income thanks to the Feed-in Tariff – a scheme that pays owners of solar panels for the renewable electricity they generate.

Experts predict that by 2020, electric vehicles could account for approximately 10% of all cars sold in the UK. This equates to 260,000 UK households owning an electric vehicle. With 700,000 homes expected to have solar panels by 2020, there is major potential for those households with both solar panels, electric vehicles and charging points to run their cars for free. The average annual earnings of up to £900 generated by a standard-sized domestic solar panel installation can offset the average annual running costs of a Nissan LEAF.

The Government’s Feed-in-Tariff gives three financial benefits: a payment for all the electricity you produce, even if you use it yourself; additional bonus payments for electricity you are deemed to have exported into the grid; a reduction on your standard electricity bill, from using energy you produce yourself (based on a like-for-like usage).

British Gas figures show that home owners with a mid-sized array (2.52kWp systems) will make around £884 a year from the generation element of the Feed-In Tariff and £64 from the export element.

Pod Point will be the supplier of the charger to British Gas.