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Got an electric vehicle? Here’s why you need a smart charger

08 June 2020 | OVO Energy

Here, we unpack what makes these super-speedy chargers so great. This is just one of the ways we’re helping members on their journey to zero carbon. It’s all in our ambitious business strategy, Plan Zero.

They’re fast (much quicker than a three-pin plug)

Easily the most eye-catching benefit of a home charging unit is that you can charge your vehicle far faster. But the benefits don’t stop there… 

Schedule charging around your life

Add your schedule to the app that goes with your smart charger and your electric vehicle will always be ready to go when you need it. Clever. 

A greener (and cheaper) way to charge

Thought your electric vehicle couldn't get any greener? Think again. Your charger will power up your EV when it’s greenest to do so (while still making sure it’s fully charged by the time you need it to be). This means you’ll be driving an EV that's more sustainable than ever, by bringing down those charging emissions by up to 22%1.

You’ve got the option of low cost charging with Economy 7

Economy 7 is a plan that allows you to make the most of when energy is at its cheapest – usually in the middle of the night. When you sign up to EV Everywhere, there’s the option to choose Economy 7. This can be ideal for EV owners, because the middle of the night is often exactly when you’ll want to be charging your vehicle. Save those pennies, without even thinking about it. 

Pick the charger that’s right for you

There’s lots of great choices out there. You can pick which type of charger you’d prefer from tethered or untethered. Tethered chargers come with the ease of being able to park and plug in. Untethered chargers need you to have your own cable, but they have the added benefit of being future proof! The choice is yours.

So now you know. With a super-speedy charger, your car can take you places – in a quicker, greener way than before. Ready to get behind the wheel?

Terms and conditions

1 The Smart Charger will charge your car at times when carbon emissions are likely to be at their lowest (within the charge period that you set). 

2 Savings based on Average Grid Carbon Intensity (gCO2/kWh) statistics published by National Grid. The carbon intensity of electricity is a measure of how much Co2 emissions are produced per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed. Savings are based on moving a three-hour charge window from 5pm to 11pm calculated over the period 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018. Actual carbon intensity varies by hour and day due to changes in electricity demand, low carbon generation (wind, solar, ydro, nuclear, biomass) and conventional generation. https://carbon-intensity.github.io/api-definitions/?python#carbon-intensity-api-v2-0-0

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