Good Energy is to offer EV drivers free electricity through a new ‘flash’ tariff based on periods when Britain is generating an abundance of solar and wind power.
The Zap Flash tariff will include ‘flash’ windows that 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.
It was designed with Zap-Map and includes feedback gleaned from the company’s 150,000 active users.
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.
Customers who use the Winter Flash Period, which will run from October to March between 11pm and 3am, will be given at least 24 hours’ notice in advance of the flash period.
The 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.
Shifting energy consumption will also help National Grid balance supply and demand during high levels of renewables on the system.
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.
“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.”