Ford and Centrica have announced a new partnership to offer electric vehicle services to Ford dealers and customers in the UK and Ireland.
The partnership will see Centrica (owner of British Gas) deliver a home charging installation service and electrified vehicle tariffs from British Gas in the UK and Bord Gáis Energy in Ireland. This will allow Ford customers to “benefit from lower energy prices for overnight charging as the new range of Ford electrified vehicles are launched”.
The energy company said it will also make its installation service available to Ford dealers across the UK and Ireland.
Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain, said: “Ford is committed to delivering one of the most comprehensive line-ups of electrified vehicles for our customers, powered through the Ford home charger wall boxes.
“With their scale, experience and access to the electric grid, our partnership with Centrica will enable us to offer a one-stop shop for our customers as they transition to an electrified vehicle, including exciting new vehicle options, wall box, installation service and electricity tariff.”
The move supports Ford’s strategy of including an electrified option for every new Ford passenger vehicle nameplate in Europe: mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric.
Upcoming all-electric models include an all-new, “Mustang-inspired performance SUV” with a range of 370 miles (WLTP targeted) due in late 2020; an all-electric Transit in 2021; and a new high-volume Ford model on Volkswagen’s MEB battery electric vehicle platform planned to be built in Europe for 2023.
The all-new Kuga SUV will be first Ford to feature mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains, the Puma will return to the Ford line-up as an SUV-inspired crossover later this year and the Focus and Fiesta will soon be available with a 48v mild hybrid drivetrain as part of its product plan.
Earlier this month Centrica – along with SSE and Mitie – announced a commitment to switch their vehicle fleets to electric by 2030, as part of international non-profit The Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative.
The companies represent some of the UK’s biggest buyers of commercial vehicles, with a combined portfolio of 21,000 vehicles. Centrica operates the third largest fleet in the country.
Commenting on its partnership with Ford, Sarwjit Sambhi, CEO of Centrica Consumer, said: “We’re committed to helping our customers to make the transition to a lower carbon future and are proud to be supporting Ford with the launch of their new electric vehicle range.
“I believe we are uniquely positioned to help customers at home and in business to make the shift to electric vehicles, harnessing the power of our global network of over 13,000 technicians and engineers to deliver solutions that are simpler, faster and more affordable for consumers.”