British carmaker Lotus and British Gas Business have embarked on a new green electricity deal.
As part of the deal, British Gas will provide renewable power to the sports car maker’s headquarters and supporting facilities.
The contract, which began on 1 October, will see power purchased from 100% renewable sources, ensuring the electricity used across Lotus’ UK sites is carbon neutral.
Lotus can also develop its own onsite renewable assets to self-support its power needs and further its green credentials.
The signing of the deal follows a partnership announced in May between Centrica (the parent company of British Gas) and Lotus to develop a new model for electric vehicle ownership that fully integrates future mobility and energy.
Centrica and Lotus aim to redefine and integrate the relationship between consumers, cars and electricity – controlled by smart devices at home and on the move – which will result in more efficient energy usage, carbon and cost savings.
As part of the deal, the companies are also set to introduce a comprehensive sustainability programme across Lotus, leveraging innovative, low-carbon technologies and mitigating the impacts of key business operations from manufacturing through to sales and supporting functions.
Carl Bayliss, vice-president of Mobility at Centrica, said: “This is an exciting new partnership which has got off to a fast start with this new supply contract announced today.
“Green power supplies offer an efficient means to supercharge commercial sustainability, and there is much more to follow from Centrica and Lotus as we plot the carmaker’s course to zero carbon.”
Uday Senapati, Lotus Cars’ executive director of corporate strategy and product management, adds: “This is a huge first step for us in our commitment to becoming a 100% carbon neutral business.
“The next steps include working across our supply chain as part of our net-zero pledge, launching more zero-emissions vehicles as introduced with the Lotus Evija hypercar, and ensuring these vehicles are manufactured and distributed using the latest, sustainable technology and techniques.”
Senapati added: “This is a step-change and the start of an exciting journey for Lotus, which is not only about decarbonisation and environmental awareness, but also about making a significant, positive contribution to the customer journey.
“We will integrate cars, homes and mobile devices, making our model the most efficient, convenient and connected way to utilise energy.”