Good Energy offers free electricity for British EV drivers

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GB clean energy company Good Energy and electric vehicle (EV) charge point map provider Zap-Map are offering a novel ‘flash’ free electricity tariff.

The new tariff is based on ‘flash’ windows, corresponding to periods when Britain is generating an abundance of solar and wind power.

When this happens, the tariff will alert drivers to a four-hour window when charging their vehicle will come at no extra cost, backed by Good Energy’s 100% renewable electricity supply.

The product was designed with Zap-Map and includes feedback gleaned from the company’s 150,000 active users. It will also be the first EV time of use tariff powered by genuinely 100% renewable electricity.

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The ‘Zap Flash’ tariff will be enabled by smart metering and Good Energy will be rolling out smart EV chargers and an updated app to work alongside the new product. It will be initially launched in beta phase, allowing for more sophisticated versions as the company learns from customers.

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. 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.

“Britain generates so much renewable electricity it only makes sense for us all to take advantage of this free resource,” says Good Energy’s CEO and Founder, Juliet Davenport.

“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 was launched in 2014 and includes over 95% of the UK’s public EV charge points on its network.

Good Energy holds a majority share in its parent company Next Green Car, following an initial investment in 2019. The company has just put in a further £1 million ($1.4 million) investment to support its further growth.

Among recent activities is the recent launch of a new EV payment service, Zap-Pay, which incorporates the payment option into the map app.

Zap-Map also has entered into an agreement with Fleetcor UK to integrate its Zap-Pay solution with Fleetcor’s Allstar payment platform for commercial vehicle fleets.

“The electric vehicle market is changing rapidly, and we need to keep up. This innovative tariff is supporting these seismic shifts by offering drivers a cheaper and greener way of charging their vehicle,” adds Zap-Map’s Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Melanie Shufflebotham.

Almost 500,000 plug-in vehicles are believed to be on Britain’s roads.