British Gas has partnered with rapid EV chargepoint network Osprey Charging to help transition its vehicles to an all-electric fleet and simplify the charging process for its drivers.
British Gas engineers will gain access to Osprey’s UK network of over 300 rapid charging stations, resulting in centralised fleet billing to support the energy and home services company’s electric fleet operations.
One of the UK’s biggest fleet operators with around 9,000 vehicles, British Gas is working toward an all-electric fleet under its net-zero ambition.
By partnering with nationwide charging networks, British Gas can enable payment via one electric fuel card, thereby improving the EV charging experience for its engineers and fast-tracking electrification. Osprey is the first network to deliver this integration.
James Rooney, fleet engineering and innovation manager at British Gas, said: “It is essential that we support our engineering team with not just an accessible network of charging points, but a method of paying for charging that is hassle free.
“We know that around seven in 10 of our drivers don’t have access to home charging and partnerships such as this will help to provide the confidence required that making the switch to electric is achievable.”
The partnership has been made possible via direct technical interoperability between Osprey’s proprietary software platform, Volo, and British Gas’ own fleet management system, providing the ability to centrally and automatically account for fleet public charging costs.
British Gas’ fleet will also be afforded access to 150 high-power EV charging hubs that Osprey is set to deliver by 2024 as part of a £75m investment programme.