Fancy charging up your electric vehicle at home for free? Good Energy has unveiled a new tariff that offers EV owners the chance to do just that.
There is inevitably a catch and that is that the free period only operates during ‘flash’ windows based on periods when Britain is generating an abundance of solar and wind power. Drivers will then be alerted to the free offering and are given a four hour window to power up.
The deal is only available to subscribers to Good Energy’s 100 per cent renewables tariff and is operated via smart meters and the company’s latest version of its app.
The launch is the latest in a series of innovations designed to tempt the growing number of EV owners to switch energy providers. While there are many free charging points near supermarkets and service stations, not many companies offer free charging from home.
From Good Energy’s perspective, the initiative helps to shift power demand to periods when renewables output is high, thereby reducing their costs.
The ‘flash period’ will vary in day each week, but the times will remain the same in the summer and winter months. The Summer Flash Period will run from April to September between 11am and 3pm, and the Winter Flash Period will run from October to March between 11pm and 3am. Customers will be given at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the flash period.
Good Energy’s CEO and founder, Juliet Davenport said “Britain generates so much renewable electricity it only makes sense for us all to take advantage of this free resource. The new ‘flash’ tariff will offer people the chance to benefit from free, green power when the wind and sun are strongest. Electric vehicle drivers are already doing their bit for the climate – here’s a chance for them to go one step further and support a truly clean energy grid.”
Zap-Map’s co-founder and chief operating officer, Melanie Shufflebotham, added “The electric vehicle market is changing rapidly, and we need to keep up,” she said. “There will be over 70 pure electric models available to buy in 2021 and the UK now has close to 500,000 plug-in vehicles on the road.
“This innovative tariff is supporting these seismic shifts by offering drivers a cheaper and greener way of charging their vehicle. Zap Flash goes above and beyond what’s currently on the market by listening to what people want and helping them go electric.”