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 cars.
The solar canopies are part of a bigger program of low carbon projects within British Gas. Last year, British Gas installed solar thermal panels on three of its buildings. This year it plans to complete seven similar projects across five British Gas sites.
MP Hammond notes, “I commend British Gas for this excellent initiative. It is an outstanding example of private enterprise helping to promote low emission vehicle technology. A low carbon future is the only viable future for transport. But we must acknowledge that it is carbon, not the car, which is the problem. The Government is doing its bit by providing grants towards the purchase of low emission vehicles and increasing charging points across the county. Working together I am confident that we can make Britain a global leader in the use of electric and other ultra-low emission cars and at the forefront of efforts to decarbonise motoring.”
British Gas Managing Director, Phil Bentley, says, “The world of energy is changing and British Gas is at the forefront of this revolution. That’s why we’re leading the way in providing the energy services that motorists with electric cars need including energy tariffs, car charging points, solar panels and smart meters.”
One canopy will cover 70 percent of the fuel costs for both cars. There are solar canopies at both the Windsor and Staines British Gas sites meaning that both cars can have their fuel covered by solar charging.