British car company Vauxhall and green entech company Octopus Energy have joined hands to help improve the UK’s electric vehicle ownership experience on the road and at home, increase the use of renewable energy, and to help reduce charging prices.
The partnership widens Vauxhall’s ‘Plug & Go’ offer by delivering improved options for consumer home charging, access to new smart energy tariffs, and access to more than 300,000 public charging points via an application and one single payment car across the UK and Europe.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with such a forward-thinking rand as Vauxhall, helping its customers switch to electric faster and more comfortably. Going electric is not only good for the planet, but it’s also cheaper than fueling gas-guzzlers and has the added benefit of helping to end our dependence on fossil fuels,” Octopus Energy Group’s Chief Product Officer, Rebecca Dibb-Simkin stated.
According to the press release by Stellantis, Vauxhall is working to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible. This includes ensuring drivers have the best access to various charging solutions.
The new partnership with Octopus Energy allows existing and new Vauxhall owners to opt for installing a home wallbox charger linked to the UK’s first flexible charging tariff, Intelligent Octopus, says the press release.
“Vauxhall is committed to electrifying Britain and by partnering with a highly-respected brand like Octopus Energy, we’re giving our electric vehicle drivers the ability to ensure that the charge at home in the greenest and most affordable way possible,” says Vauxhall’s Managing Director James Taylor.
“It has never been a better time for drivers to go electric. With the range of vehicles, chargers, flexible tariffs like ‘Intelligent Octopus’ and roaming services like ‘Electric Universe’ available now, making the switch has become an absolute no-brainer.” Simkin added.
The cost of the Plug & Go can be built into the monthly PCP agreement. Drivers can choose to have an Ohme wallbox charger installed at their homes and linked to Intelligent Octopus.
In addition, the Ohme wallbox charger is the third charger Vauxhall offers and comes with a three-year warranty. It also can control via a smartphone app to allow schedules of charging.
The charging tariff features 100% electricity from renewable sources, with new customers having £25 off their bills. It charges the vehicle when it’s cheapest and offers a lower rate per kWh during an off-peak time of 11:30 pm to 5:30 am.
Notably, the automaker continues to electrify its model range, aiming to become an all-electric brand by 2028.
Most of its passenger cars, including the UK’s best-selling Corsa, are available with electrified versions. The company remains one of the few brands to be able to offer electric versions of the van it sells.
Furthermore, the announcement boosts Vauxhall’s existing collaboration with JustPark. It is designed to help more people switch to an EV by aiding them to find charging locations near their homes using the JustCharge Community Charging Network.
The partnership improves charging accessibility and further accommodates electric vehicle owners and others planning to buy one. With improved infrastructure, drivers can have more solutions than ever.