Scottish Power has unveiled the “UK’s first” end-to-end 100 per cent green electric vehicle (EV) package.
The big six supplier has also announced a new partnership with car retailer Arnold Clark which will allow customers to either purchase or lease an EV from a manufacturer of their choice.
The partnership will enable customers to book a home charging point installation and sign up to an exclusive 100 per cent renewable electricity tariff as part of the same package.
Customers on this 100 per cent renewable electricity tariff will receive what the provider claims is the UK’s “smallest fast charging point” as well as having access to the Scottish Power app to facilitate smart charging.
The app will also allow vehicle charging to be scheduled remotely via a smart phone, enabling consumers to choose when to either start or stop the charging process. This, the supplier adds, will allow customers to take advantage of cheaper unit rates at off-peak times.
Scottish Power’s chief executive Keith Anderson said: “We have moved on from fossil fuels to concentrate on clean renewables and today we announce the UK’s first end to end electric vehicle package that is 100 per cent green.
“After removing carbon from how we generate electricity we believe the decarbonisation of the UK’s transport system has to be next.
“This means industry and government working together to build the infrastructure so we can charge electric vehicles as well as building clean and cheap renewables to bring down the cost of motoring.
“The UK needs to decarbonise transport faster and we have to make the switch to electric vehicles simpler.”
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that the number of registered EVs is increasing year-on-year.
Demand for hybrid and plug-in cars has surged 88.7 per cent, and they now represent eight per cent of the market – its highest ever level, with a record one in 12 buyers going electric.
The figures also reveal nearly 7,500 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars were registered during August – an 89 per cent increase on the same period last year.