On World EV Day, here’s what Good Energy is doing for electric vehicle drivers

Posted in: Electric Vehicles

Posted on: 09.09.2020

9th September 2020 is the first ever World EV Day, and Good Energy is a partner. Electrifying transport is a huge part of Good Energy’s mission to help tackle climate change. This is what we are doing to accelerate that.

20 years ago, when Juliet Davenport founded Good Energy, energy supply was the highest contributor to the country’s carbon emissions — contributing around 36.5%.

Today, the makeup of the UK’s emissions looks quite different. The carbon footprint of the power sector has declined by 55.8% compared to 2000, thanks to the growth in renewables and the almost complete abandonment of heavily polluting coal power. Still a long way to zero, but a big improvement.

Unfortunately, carbon emissions from transport have not followed this trend, remaining relatively flat. This means that transport is now the biggest contributor to climate change in the UK, and our next great climate change challenge.

It is a challenge we will not solve without taking a ‘whole systems’ approach, which electric vehicles (EVs), powered by clean power, are a huge part. That is why Good Energy is revving up to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

This is what we are currently working on.

EV drivers tend to charge their vehicles at times when demand for electricity is lower, so price can be lower too.

Making it cheaper to charge at home with 100% genuine clean power

Naturally EV drivers who charge their vehicles at home tend to use more electricity. Good Energy has long had a dedicated tariff for EV drivers with reduced unit rates and standing charges to accommodate this.  

What we have yet to launch, however, is a tariff that adapts to the time of day that EV drivers are charging their vehicles. This tends to be at night, when electricity demand is generally lower, meaning it is possible to offer lower rates.

The reason Good Energy has not previously offered this kind of ‘time of use’ tariff is because it depends on smart metering, and we chose not to roll out the first wave of sub-standard SMETS1 smart meters to our customers. These first wave meters can go dumb when customers switch, and are not setup to meter export — when people are generating their own power to share back to the grid. 

We waited for the advanced SMETS2 meters, which we are rolling out to customers as we speak. And as such, we are nearly ready to launch a time of use tariff optimized to be as cost effective as possible for EV drivers to charge their vehicles with 100% genuine renewable electricity.

If you’re interested in hearing more about it, register your interest here.

Making charging on-the-go simple with Zap-Map and Zap-Pay

In March 2019, Good Energy made a major investment in Zap-Map — the leading app for EV drivers in the UK — which was then increased to a majority stake earlier this year.

Over 100,000 EV drivers use Zap-Map to find and locate chargers up and down the UK — which when you consider there are around 136k pure electric vehicles in the UK, that really does make it the ‘go-to’ app.

However, many EV drivers will tell you that the biggest challenge when it comes to charging their vehicles is not where to do so, but how to pay. Of the UK’s 33k+ charge points there are a multitude of different networks and companies, which generally all have different apps and payment systems.

As the existing go-to app for EV drivers with data from all of the major EV charging networks, this is a problem Zap-Map is perfectly placed to solve, and their plans to address it were one of the exciting reasons we wanted to invest in them. 

This week has seen the launch of Zap-Map’s solution to making paying for EV charging simple. It’s called Zap-Pay, and this is how it works:

One Point makes it simple for businesses to offer EV charging to their employees and customers

Helping businesses join the EV revolution

We have covered charging your EV at home and on the go. What about at work, or even on holiday?

This is where One Point comes in. We know that increasingly, people want to work for businesses that operate sustainably, and enable their employees to live sustainably too. Customers also increasingly want to buy from environmentally sustainable businesses.

Meanwhile large numbers of people in the UK do not have access to off street parking or a garage allowing them to install EV charging at home.

One Point is our way of making it simple for businesses to offer EV charging to their employees and customers. We have gone through the process of selecting the best installation partners and technologies to create a bespoke best-fit solution for businesses wanting to be more sustainable and get ahead of their competition on the race to zero carbon.

Here our CEO and Founder Juliet Davenport explains: 

Our first customer was the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, if you are a business owner considering EV charging, find out more here.

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