Charging with gas will take less time

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Charging times for the Vauxhall Ampera have already been reduced by up to two hours thanks to a new agreement between the company and British Gas.

The British Gas Home Charging solution comprises a fast-charge kit, installation of a home charge point, three years’ warranty on parts and labour and three years’ Home Electrical Care for the whole house.

Customers will initially benefit from a free home electrical survey to establish the ‘electrical health’ of the house.

From it, specially trained engineers from British Gas will be able to recommend the best places to locate a charge point and whether the house could use a dedicated electrical circuit for it.

The home charging solution allows the car to draw 16 amps of current as opposed to the six or 10 normally available in houses.

It cuts the total recharge time for the Ampera from six to four hours.