E.ON launches renewable energy tariff offering '850 free miles' to EV drivers
Energy giant E.ON has become the latest electricity supplier to launch a renewable energy tariff aimed at electric vehicle (EV) drivers, offering customers who charge their vehicles at home a £30 discount on their annual bill.
The company claims that the rebate, which is available to anyone who owns or leases a plug-in hybrid or fully-electric vehicle that is registered by the DVLA, is equivalent to 850 free miles in a Nissan Leaf.
The energy supplied under the Fix and Drive tariff is generated from 100% renewable sources. Meanwhile, customers using the new tariff will have the equivalent of the emissions they generate through their gas use offset via carbon credits from the United Nations’ (UN) Clean Development Mechanism.
“Sales of electric vehicles are increasing year-on-year and the UK is now one of Europe’s largest markets for them,” E.ON UK’s chief executive, Michael Lewis, said.
“Drivers need to be able to charge their cars quickly and conveniently, and for many, that means plugging in at home. Our new Fix and Drive tariff has been specifically designed with these customers in mind, who likely have higher electricity bills, to provide competitive pricing, a rebate and clean energy to supply their homes and power their vehicles.”
E.ON has additionally launched an “EV-friendly” tariff for business customers, offering clients services pertaining to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of EV charging points within its prices.
Ecotricity’s tariff offers customers the chance to install an EV charger at their home for a discounted rate, for example, while Ovo’s tariff includes free access to Chargemaster’s network of public charging points.
Home is where the smart is
In related news, E.ON has also taken its first steps into the domestic, smart-energy sphere this week after launching a pilot of its Future Energy Home concept at a housing development in south London.
The pilot will see properties within housebuilder Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village development fitted with battery storage systems, which will store a mix of power taken from the mains and generated from onsite solar glazing. The solar glazing is integrated into a glass canopy above the home’s roof terrace and power can then be released for use within the properties if needed, or diverted for use by their EV charging points.
Smart thermostats will also be installed in each home as part of the pilot, with residents able to track and control their energy use using a tablet-based “dashboard” app.
E.ON’s Lewis said the scheme’s aim was to determine how homes can become smart and low-carbon, but also “convenient and manageable” for residents.
“The new energy world is decentralised, green, and interconnected - but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives,” Lewis added.