British Gas has signed a three-year framework agreement with Alfen to supply EV chargers for its own business and also for customers of Centrica, the parent company of the energy supplier.

Alfen’s chargers will initially be rolled out at the homes of British Gas engineers as it accelerates the electrification of its own fleet.

Subsequently, Alfen chargers will also be installed at its premises and those of Centrica. The latter will also offer Alfen’s range of chargers to its commercial customers, who plan to electrify their fleets.

Last summer, British Gas announced it had ordered 1,000 new all-electric vans. This is the largest electric vehicle order for a commercial fleet in the UK. The vans will arrive during the coming months and will be rolled out nationwide throughout the British Gas engineering workforce.

Centrica has committed to electrifying its 12,000 strong fleet by 2030, with Alfen providing the AC charging equipment. The Alfen chargers are also being used as part of a trial for domestic customers in support of an integrated smart energy management package.

Alfen offers a range of charge points for use at home, work and in public areas. For British Gas customers, Alfen’s chargers can be integrated with its managed charging system, which will enable customers to schedule their charging and more through an app.

For commercial installations, Alfen’s Smart Charging Network and Active Load Balancing solutions can be used to optimise the local grid capacity. This functionality allows British Gas and its customers to connect up to 100 charge points in a single installation and balance the available power across all vehicles charging.

The benefit of this solution is charging speeds are maximised within the power constraints, avoiding overloading the local electricity supply and potentially expensive grid upgrade costs.

Portfolio director, British Gas Services & Solutions, which includes Hive, Americo Lenza said: “Transportation is a key area where we can reduce CO2 emissions and is an important part of our overall strategy to achieve our net zero targets.

“We are committed to the transition to electric vehicles, which involves electrifying our fleet as well as helping consumers and businesses with charge points and intelligent infrastructure.

“We have chosen Alfen because of their high-quality charge points with smart functionalities and how easily they can be integrated with our smart systems.”