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British Gas plugged into UK's first fully electric car

Energy supplier British Gas has announced a new deal with Nissan where it will supply vehicle charging points for the country’s first 100 per cent electric car.

Charge points for the Nissan Leaf vehicle will be installed in homes and businesses across the country, including domestic garages, driveways and office car parks.

British Gas will also offer to install solar panels at the homes of Nissan Leaf drivers so they can charge their electric car with free renewable energy.

Managing director Phil Bentley said:  "From today Britons can drive an electric car powered by solar energy.

"We want our customers to use greener and cheaper energy.  Partnering with Nissan on powering their electric cars is a very exciting driver of growth for British Gas as electric vehicles move into the mainstream."

The company added that the charge points will be more convenient than plugging the cars into a home electrical system and will cut down on charging times.

Installation of charge points will cost around £995, while solar panel prices start at around £9,000.

Paul Willcox, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB), said: "The Nissan Leaf is pioneering the electric car revolution in the UK. Leaf drivers will be ‘filling up' with cheaper, cleaner fuel.”

A recent report by British Gas has predicted that by 2020, electric cars could account for approximately 10 per cent of all cars sold in the UK.

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