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British Gas and Mitsubishi team up for electric cars

A unique partnership has been formed between Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi and British Gas, which will see the latter as the exclusive supplier of electric vehicle charging solutions for Mitsubishi within the UK.

Mitsubishi has been leading the way with electric cars since 2009 when it launched the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (pictured) and it is pioneering plug-in hybrid technology having unveiled the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at the Paris Motor Show last month: the vehicle will go on sale in the UK next year.

Now, it is teaming with British Gas which supports more than 70 per cent of the domestic market.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV White

Customers of Mitsubishi will be able to access a host of British Gas charging solutions. For example, they can benefit from a dedicated circuit from £375 which will prevent their home electrical supply from being overloaded as they charge their electric car. British Gas also offers a wall-mounted charging solution from £799 which is said to cut charging times by around a third.

In addition, thanks to a partnership between British Gas and POLAR, customers in the East of England, the Midlands, Milton Keynes and London may also be eligible for a free Chargemaster Homecharge I-Unit.

Finally, Mitsubishi drivers will also be able to benefit from the British Gas off-peak saver tariff which has been designed with electric car and plug-in hybrid car owners in mind. It makes it cheaper to charge electric cars overnight and could potentially save customers around £29 a year.

According to Lance Bradley, the managing director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, the partnership indicates the company’s ambition to increase its electric car sales rapidly.

“Our partnership with British Gas comes at an exciting time for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, with sales of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the launch of the Outlander PHEV in 2013, it cements Mitsubishi's plan for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to account for 20 per cent of our sales by 2020,” he said.

“British Gas is well placed to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle market and we can now guarantee that new and existing customers will receive the very best advice about safe and efficient charging, free of charge, as electric vehicles move more into the mainstream.”

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Paul Lucas

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