Giant batteries and solar panels could charge electric vehicles at shopping centres and offices under plans by Britain’s biggest energy supplier. Centrica, which owns British Gas, is to work with businesses and other organisations to bolster their charging facilities after its research found that 75 per cent of companies with vehicle fleets were considering going electric amid pressure to tackle air pollution. Many have inadequate connections to charge multiple vehicles at once, and upgrading the supply network can be costly and time-consuming. Centrica is launching products including installing solar panels to generate more electricity during the day and giant batteries that can store electricity for use at peak times. The company also aims to increase workplace-charging at office car parks and businesses that use fleets of delivery vehicles. The government has vowed to outlaw the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, although the independent Committee on Climate Change wants this to be by 2035 at the latest, and The Times is calling for a date of 2030 as part of the Clean Air for All campaign.
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