Toyota and British Gas have struck a deal on electric vehicle charging points before Toyota launches its new hybrid model.
Toyota has named British Gas as its preferred supplier for the charging points, and the gas supplier is also expected to be the preferred choice for 70 per cent of the national electric vehicle market next year.
“In order for our customers to maximise the benefits of Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and Toyota’s future electric vehicles, it is crucial that they have access to the appropriate charging infrastructure, and the right professional advice and support,” said Jon Williams, Toyota GB Managing Director.
"British Gas has the experience, skills and resources to provide the high quality products and services Toyota owners should expect."
Toyota says its new Prius Plug-in Hybrid will deliver "significant" benefits with a targeted fuel efficiency of 134.5mpg and carbon emissions figures of 49g/km.
Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, it will have an EV driving range of about 14 miles, with zero tailpipe emissions.
Beyond the electric driving range, it can be used as a conventional full hybrid, and can be fully recharged from a standard 240V electricity supply in just an hour-and-a-half.
British Gas will offer a business range including both post and wall-mounted charging points with double sockets, which can be engineered to deliver charging from 3kW to 43kW - which it says will allow some electric vehicles to be charged in less than an hour.
“Electric cars are coming of age and this new partnership with Toyota is part of a continued drive by British Gas to make any type of electrically powered car simple, safe and more cost-effective," said Dean Keeling, Managing Director of British Gas Smart Homes.
“Our national network of electrical engineers provides all the advice and expertise necessary to enable car owners to power their car safely and easily, and for less money.”