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VW promises cheaper charging with Centrica’s help

Volkswagen is teaming up with British Gas to help drivers transition to EV ownership.

The three-year partnership will offer home charging units to British buyers of VW electric vehicles including the e-Up, e-Golf and the forthcoming ID.3 hatchback.

Buyers will be offered a one-stop package which includes the fastest home-based car-charger the energy supplier offers with a cheaper night-time charging tariff.

“2020 is a landmark year for the Volkswagen Group as we launch the [electric] ID.3,” said Alex Smith, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UK. “Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change and we have set our goals on zero carbon emissions by 2050. [We hope this partnership] will give customers even more confidence as they make the switch to emission free driving.”

The special electric vehicle tariff should allows consumers to take advantage of off-peak electricity prices by scheduling EV charging during the cheaper night-time hours, using the car’s dashboard mobile phone app.

“Getting carbon out of transport by accelerating EV adoption is critical for net zero,” said Sarwjit Sambhi, CEO, Centrica Consumer…”Centrica is committed to…helping our customers reduce their emissions, reducing the emissions of the energy system as a whole, and reducing our own.”

VW has made a massive commitment to the electric revolution over the last few years. The carmaker aims to build 330,000 electric vehicles each year by 2021 and it is investing £29bn (€33bn) to make that happen. 

The company is busy converting an existing factory at Zwickau, Germany to be Europe’s biggest and cleanest e-factory for EV manufacturing.

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