Centrica launches electric car scheme for employees

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Energy services and solutions provider Centrica has announced the launch of a fully-electric salary sacrifice car lease scheme for its employees.

The company has partnered with LeasePlan and over 100 cars have been ordered since the scheme launched at the start of November.

The scheme operates through salary sacrifice, meaning that tax and National Insurance savings are made on the lease payments. What’s more, fully-electric cars with zero CO2 emissions currently have very low Benefit-in-Kind rates compared to petrol, diesel or hybrid cars.

Employees who sign up for the scheme are offered a bundled deal including a new leased electric car, a chargepoint installed by British Gas engineers as well as servicing, insurance, and maintenance.

Steve Winter, head of fleet at Centrica, said, “Centrica is committed to offering colleagues and customers sustainable choices for their homes and transport.

“We have the people, infrastructure and skills to lead the transition to net zero transportation and offering colleagues in the UK an electric car lease with a British Gas chargepoint installation is a big step towards supporting customers and colleagues to live more sustainably.”

Centrica operates 9,000 commercial vehicles, 1,500 company cars and has a grey fleet of approximately 2,000 employee-owned vehicles that are used occasionally for business purposes.

The company has already committed to fully electrifying its 12,500-strong operational fleet by 2025 and reportedly has more electric vans on the road than any other UK organisation, with nearly 700 Vauxhall Vivaro-e British Gas vans being driven by engineers and a total of 3,000 set to be delivered by the end of 2022.

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