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Nissan picks British Gas as charger

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Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan has chosen British Gas as the preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for its Leaf electric car.

Under the partnership, the energy supplier is set to install charge points in homes and businesses across the country, and also offer to equip owners' homes with solar panels so they can charge their car for free.

The cost of installing a charge point is around £1,000, while solar panel prices start from nearly £9,000.

Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: "We want our customers to use greener and cheaper energy. Partnering with Nissan on powering their electric cars is a very exciting driver of growth for British Gas as electric vehicles move into the mainstream."

The move is being undertaken in a bid to help support the uptake of the brand's mass-produced Leaf electric vehicle, which attracts reduced premiums from most car insurance groups for driving a car powered by an alternative fuel.

Paul Willcox, managing director of Nissan Motor (GB), said: "The Nissan Leaf is pioneering the electric car revolution in the UK. Leaf drivers will be 'filling up' with cheaper, cleaner fuel."

© Press Association 2011