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Terms and conditions for electric vehicle charge points

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Your agreement

These are our terms for supplying and installing your charge point. Please read them carefully. They tell you important information, like who we are, how we will supply and install the charge point and what to do if there is a problem.

Definitions

When we print the words below in bold, they have the following meanings:

By “we”, “us” or “our” we mean British Gas Services Limited (registered number 03141243) trading as Centrica in Northern Ireland and British Gas in Great Britain. Our registered office is Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5GD.

business customer - means any customer who is not a consumer.

charge point – the charge point unit (excluding accessories) to use with a plug-in electric vehicle.

consumer - you are a consumer if you are an individual and you are buying products from us wholly or mainly for your personal use (not for use in connection with your trade, business, craft or profession). If you receive an OLEV grant, we’ll treat you as a consumer.

customer declaration – Parts A and B of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme Installation Form (v.2.3) or the equivalent sections of any forms that replace it.

installation – the installation of your charge point by us under this agreement. It does not include electrical upgrade work for which separate fees and terms apply.

OLEV – the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

OLEV grant – the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant provided by OLEV.

property – the building, or part of a building, where the charge point will be installed and all the land up to your boundary including any detached outbuildings.

standard installation - means the standard installation package set out in your quote.

Your quote and what it includes

Your quote is valid for 21 days. After this we may not be able to honour it, and you might need to get another one. All prices include VAT at the current rate.

Unless we’ve agreed otherwise, the price on your quote is for the standard installation package. If you need extra work which is not included in that package, we'll explain why, and agree any additional costs with you before starting work. Any electrical upgrade work will be carried out under our one-off home improvement and repair work terms- you can find them at britishgas.co.uk. If there is any difference between what we say here and in those terms, what we say here takes priority.

If we carry out a virtual survey, we’ll need to check the accuracy of the information you gave us before we start work. If it turns out that the information you gave us was not correct, we may need to give you an updated quote before starting work.

Sometimes we have to do work which could cause damage to wall coverings, paint and solid wall insulation (for example if we need to do some wiring to install the charge point). If you need to do any redecoration then, unless we have been negligent with our work, this will be your responsibility and is not included in the price we quote.

What happens if your electrical supply is inadequate or it’s unsafe to install a charge point

We can only complete the installation if:

  • The electrical capacity (e.g. main fuse) can support the additional electrical demands of a charge point.
  • It’s safe to install a charge point.

If the capacity is not sufficient, we might be able to de-rate the charge point or we may have to pause the job until your main fuse is upgraded by your electricity supplier.

If the electrical arrangements or something else at the property means it’s unsafe to install a charge point, we won’t complete the installation until you resolve the issue. For example, where there’s hazardous chemicals, pest infestations, verbal or physical abuse or harassment.

We don’t have to start or continue the installation if we believe that the location isn’t suitable or safe for a charge point. For example, if the charging lead could create a trip hazard or the charging lead will not remain on your property during charging.

When we will do the work and who will do it

We’ll start the installation on the time and date we agree with you. Unless we agree otherwise, work must take place during our normal working hours Monday to Friday.

We allocate 3 hours for each standard installation. If it takes us less time to install your charge point you won’t receive a price reduction, as we can’t re-allocate the installer to another job at such short notice. To carry out the work as quickly as possible, we may send one of our suitably qualified contractors.

OLEV grants

OLEV provides a grant for electric vehicle drivers to have a charge point installed at their home. The OLEV grant is subject to a number of conditions. The full terms can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customer-guidance-electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme.

If you think you may qualify for the OLEV grant, we recommend you read the full terms, as you will need to confirm if you meet the eligibility requirements (1) during our quote process and (2) when you sign the customer declaration.

Here’s a summary of some of the key conditions:

  • You must either;

    • be the registered keeper of an eligible vehicle, or
    • be assigned an eligible company car, or lease an eligible vehicle for at least 6 months.

This must have happened on or after 1 October 2016.

  • A full list of eligible vehicles can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
  • The charge point must be installed at a residential property.
  • You must own or rent the property where the charge point will be installed. If you rent it, you must get written permission from the appropriate owner and/or management company for the installation.
  • You can receive an OLEV grant for one charge point for each eligible vehicle (held concurrently), up to a maximum of two charge points per household.
  • Sorry you won’t be eligible if you received funding for a charge point under an earlier grant scheme.
  • You must have the charge point installed as a private individual. This means you can’t claim VAT back from HMRC for the installation.
  • Your property must have designated private off-street parking suitable for a charge point. And you must have access to this area at all times.
  • Your charge point must be an OLEV approved smart charge point.
  • Your installation date must be less than 4 months before the delivery date or the date you become the registered driver of the vehicle. Otherwise you’ll need to contact OLEV to ask for permission.

If we believe your charge point is eligible for an OLEV grant

If we believe your charge point and/or installation are eligible for an OLEV grant, we will only ask you to pay us the difference between the OLEV grant available and the total price in our quote. We will apply for an OLEV grant on your behalf to cover the balance we're owed.

To complete the OLEV grant application, you need to give us certain information and sign the customer declaration. By accepting our quote, you agree that;

  • the information you difference between what you’ve already us will be full, complete and accurate,
  • you will promptly give us any information or documents we need to complete the OLEV grant application, and
  • you will sign the customer declaration promptly.

If you don’t do these things and this means;

  • we are not able to apply for an OLEV grant, or
  • our OLEV grant application is refused, we will take the steps set out in the following paragraphs.

If we’ve not started work, we will update your quote to reflect the fact that the OLEV grant is not available. If you don’t want to go ahead, we’ll refund you any money you’ve already paid. We can deduct our reasonable expenses from the refund.

If we’ve already installed your charge point (and we’ve made reasonable attempts to get the information we need from you) we will charge you the difference between what you’ve already paid and the total price (i.e. the price without an OLEV grant discount) in our quote. This could be up to £350 for each charge point (based on the current OLEV grant). We can also charge you an administration fee of £50.

There may be other grants or funding available to help you get a charge point installed. It’s up to you to confirm if you could be eligible and to apply for such funding.

What to do if your circumstances change

You must tell us if your circumstances change after signing section A of the customer declaration ahead of your installation date where this could affect your eligibility for the OLEV grant.

If your circumstances change after the installation or you no longer have use of your electric vehicle before the minimum 6-month keepership period ends, you must tell OLEV via Chargepoint.Grants@olev.gsi.gov.uk.

What happens if the government withdraws the OLEV grant scheme

If your quote assumes you will be eligible for an OLEV grant, but the government ends that scheme or changes the value of the OLEV grant before we have installed your charge point, we will not have to carry out the installation, unless you pay us any short-fall in funding.

Reasonable timescales

We’ll give you our time estimate for doing the installation and we’ll do our best to keep to this, unless something beyond our control means we can’t – in which case we’ll let you know as soon as possible and arrange a new time.

Getting into your property

If you’re not at the property on the day of installation, you must make sure that there is somebody else present who is 18 years or older and can give instructions to the installer and sign paperwork on your behalf during the visit. It’s your responsibility to give us access to your property. If we can’t get access, we won’t be able to complete the work and you’ll need to contact us to arrange another appointment. We can also charge you our reasonable costs for the wasted visit.

If you buy your charge point from a third party

We may agree to install a charge point which you have bought directly from a vehicle manufacturer or their representative (e.g. an authorised car dealer). If we agree to do this the charge point is delivered to you before the installation, you’ll be responsible for keeping it safe from the point you receive it until you hand it over to us. If the charge point is lost or damaged during that time, you’ll have to source and pay for a new one.

Permissions and consents

It’s your responsibility to get any permission needed for the work, as we don’t accept liability for unauthorised work, e.g. if you don’t own the property, you’ll need to get the owner’s permission first, or if the property is a listed building you may need planning permission. You’ll be responsible for any losses or costs to us if claims are made against us for work carried out without the proper permission.

Software

Once connected to Wi-Fi, your charge point may receive over-the-air updates to improve your experience. It may send or receive messages to complete diagnostic checks. From time to time the manufacturer of your charge point may, acting reasonably, need to make the smart functionality of your charge point temporarily unavailable to allow them to carry out maintenance or to implement updates. They will use reasonable endeavours to keep such interruptions to a minimum. In order to enjoy the full functionality of your charge point, you’ll need to download and use the app which supports it. By downloading this app, you will be entering into a separate legal agreement with a third party, which governs the use and functionality of the app. If you don’t want to use the app or there’s a communication issue between it and your charge point, your charge point will still function in manual mode. However, you won’t be able to use some of its smart features and you won’t be able to charge your electric vehicle in smart mode.

Warranty

If there is a problem with a charge point (or parts) we supplied, or the work we carried out, within 3 years of the date we finished the installation, we will repair or replace the faulty charge point (or faulty parts) we’ve supplied, or fix the faulty work we’ve done free of charge. This warranty does not apply to accessories bought with your charge point.

This warranty will not apply if;

  • there has been improper use of your charge point, or it has been abused or tampered with,
  • repairs or modifications have been attempted or carried out;

    • by someone other than a British Gas appointed electrician,
    • against the manufacturer’s guidelines/instructions, or
    • with parts that have not been supplied or approved by the manufacturer,
  • the fault is caused by negligence, intentional or accidental damage, improper use by you or a third party or by abnormal working conditions,
  • the charge point has not been used or maintained in line with its operating and/or maintenance instructions or has been abused or tampered with,
  • you don’t give notice of a fault within a reasonable period of discovering it,
  • you continue to use the charge point after you have;

    • given notice of a fault under the warranty process, and
    • been told to stop using it as continuing use poses a health and safety risk and/or is likely to cause material damage to the charge point,
  • the problem is caused by unrelated faults such as issues with the electrical wiring at your property or a fault in the charging system of your electric vehicle, or
  • the charge point is installed in a commercial property.

Complaints

We’ll complete the work included in your quote with due skill and care, and in line with industry standards. However, if you’re unhappy with our services, you can make a complaint using the following contact details:

We take any complaint seriously and we’ll do our best to resolve the issue right away. If we need more time to investigate, we’ll let you know and keep you updated. If you’re a consumer and are not satisfied with our final response, or it’s been more than eight weeks since we received your complaint, you may be able to take your complaint to the Utilities ADR. For more information visit utilitiesadr.co.uk.

Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you

17.1 Nothing in these terms limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation or for any matter where it would be unlawful to limit our liability. 17.2 We’ll take care to carry out the work without causing damage to your property. If we cause unnecessary damage because of our negligence, we’ll put it right. 17.3 We won’t under any circumstances, be responsible for;

  • the cost of repairing any pre-existing faults or damage to your property or electricity supply that we discover during the installation,
  • any loss because you have provided inaccurate or misleading information,
  • any damage because the charge point isn’t used in line with the manufacturer’s instructions,
  • any problems arising from your or anyone else’s smartphone, computer, internet browser, internet connection, or use of an app,
  • any business loss or damage, such as losing profit, income, business, contracts or goodwill,
  • delays due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control. (Where such delays occur, we will complete the work as soon as reasonably possible.)
  • any loss which both sides would not have reasonably expected when we made this agreement, or
  • if you are a business customer, any indirect or consequential loss.

    17.4 If you are a business customer, subject to clauses 17.1 and 17.3, our total liability to you in respect of any and all losses arising under or in connection with the agreement, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall be limited to no more than £100,000.

    17.5 Each individual sub-clause in this section 17 applies separately. If a court tells us we can’t rely on one of the sub-clauses, the others will still apply.

    17.6 If you’re a consumer, these limitations don’t affect your legal rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, if applicable, and any laws that replace it. If you want independent advice about your rights, you can speak to Citizens Advice or Trading Standards.

Cancelling your agreement with us

You can cancel your agreement with us at any time before the installation is fully completed. This is called your “cooling off” period. If you no longer want the work to go ahead, please contact us on 0333 202 1054. By accepting the quote you’ve agreed that we can start work during your cooling off period. If you cancel after work starts, we’ll charge you for;

  • work we’ve already carried out, and/or
  • any goods we’ve supplied which have already been installed. And we won’t be responsible for undoing any work we’ve already carried out. We can deduct these costs from any deposit you’ve paid or bill you for them. If you are a business customer and you cancel, we can also charge you a cancellation fee to cover our reasonable expenses. We can cancel the installation at any time by giving you written notice.

General terms

Nobody other than you will be able to benefit from this agreement. If you break any part of this agreement and we don’t respond right away, that doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t do anything about it later on. For example, if we don’t immediately ask you for money that you owe us, it won’t stop us from asking for it later on. If a court tells us a part or clause of this agreement isn’t valid the rest of the agreement will still apply.

The service is only available on the UK mainland and in Northern Ireland. Sorry, it’s not currently available on UK offshore islands such as the Isle of Man or the Isle of Wight. This agreement is bound by the laws of whichever country the property for which you require the service is in – England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.