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Introducing our OVO Drive Anytime energy plan

We’re trialling the UK’s only energy plan that brings you separate rates for your car and home.

With OVO Drive Anytime, you’ll keep paying your current rates for your home energy use – and pay only 6p/kWh to power your car whenever you want.

It’s cheaper and much more flexible

• Charge your car for just 6p/kWh, at any time of the day

• Stay on your existing contract and continue paying your current rates to power up everything else in your home

• Enjoy 100% green energy1 to power your home and car

It’s cheaper and much more flexible

• Charge your car for just 6p/kWh, at any time of the day

• Stay on your existing contract and continue paying your current rates to power up everything else in your home

• Enjoy 100% green energy1 to power your home and car

It’s unique like that

OVO Drive Anytime is the UK’s only plan that separates energy rates for charging an electric car from the rest of your home energy.

Giving a clear picture of how much it costs you to charge your car – you can see this in your OVO account. Learn more about it in our blog post.

It’s unique like that

OVO Drive Anytime is the UK’s only plan that separates energy rates for charging an electric car from the rest of your home energy.

Giving a clear picture of how much it costs you to charge your car – you can see this in your OVO account. Learn more about it in our blog post.

Who can take part

All the spaces on our initial trial of Drive Anytime are now full. If you’d like to be considered for the next stage of the trial, you can register your interest below.

Frequently Asked Question

When will the trial start and when will I be told if I’m selected?

If you signed up on this page, we will let you know in early February if you have been selected for the trial.  If selected, we will let you know, and you will be enrolled straight away.

How does it work?

All electricity you consume will initially be charged at the normal rate you pay under your existing OVO plan and this is the rate that will be reflected in your live balance and on your bill. On the first day of every month, you will  receive a credit based on how much of your total electricity usage went into charging your electric vehicle. The credit provided will mean that each month your total bill will be equal to what you would have paid if your EV charging consumption had been charged at a rate of 6p/kWh.


Example

A customer uses 800 kWh in January, of which 300 kWh went to charging their EV, and 500 kWh went into their home. Their OVO Drive Anytime rates are 6p/kWh for EV charging and 13p/kWh for household electricity use.
On 1st of February, the customer’s bill will show the following:

Electricity used: £104 (800 kWh at 13p/kWh)
OVO Drive Anytime credit: £-21

The £104 electricity used charges the customer for all of their electricity (800kWh) at the higher, household rate. The OVO Drive Anytime credit then works out that 300kWh should be charged at the cheaper rate (6p). The discount is calculated as follows:

         Credit (£) = (Household rate -EV rate) x energy used by EV
                 = (0.13 - 0.06) x 300
                      = £21

Will my Direct Debit be affected?

If you are a Direct Debit customer, your Direct Debit will not be affected by the charging credits applied to your account during the Trial.

What will the credit look like on my bill?

The Charging Credit will appear under the heading ‘Drive Anytime Charging Credit’ on your monthly OVO bill.

When will the credit be applied?

It will be applied on the first day of every month.

What if I don’t agree with the calculation charges?

If you believe the calculation of your Charging Credit is incorrect you can query this by emailing smarthome@ovoenergy.com providing any evidence. 

If you want to leave the trial for any reason you can exit the trial at any time by letting us know at smarthome@ovoenergy.com.

What happens if I move home?

If you are moving home please let us know here. You will not be able to take the trial to your new home but you will be able to sign up to OVO Energy.

What happens if I choose to leave the trial?

If you want to leave the trial for any reason you can exit the trial at any time by letting us know at smarthome@ovoenergy.com.

How long does the trial go on for?

We may end the trial at any time, providing you with at least 2 weeks notice. The official end date of the trial is June 30th 2021.

What happens if my main energy contract changes?

If your electricity contract changes, this will not affect your participation in the trial. We will update your Charging Credit to take into account your new import rate, and ensure you’re still charging your EV for 6p/kWh.

Am I eligible if I have solar PV or a battery?

Yes, that isn’t a problem for this trial.

Can I join if I am on an Economy 7 (two rate) tariff?

Unfortunately, the trial is only open for single rate customers at the moment. Watch this space though: if we expand the trial to a full product we will look to ensure that anyone with a smart meter can sign up.

I am part of the V2G trial, can I join OVO Drive Anytime?

OVO Drive Anytime is not currently open to customers with V2G chargers installed.

My Smart Charger hasn’t been installed yet but I want to be part of the OVO Drive Anytime Trial, can I still be involved?

You must have a functioning and Kaluza-connected smart charger to take part in the trial at this stage. If you are still waiting for your smart charger install and want to take part, you can register interest for the trial, and we will contact you if there is another chance for you to get OVO Drive Anytime.

I’ve had a problem with my OVO Smart Charger, how can I get support?

Drop us an email at smarthome@ovoenergy.com, or call us on 0330 303 5059 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) and we’ll get that sorted for you.

Terms & Conditions

1 The renewable electricity we sell is backed by renewable certificates (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs)). See here for details on REGO certificates and how these work.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.