London, 13 November 2017 – Today, Kensington and Chelsea Council announce a landmark project with leading independent energy technology company OVO and Berlin-based technology company, ubitricity, to allow more residents to charge their electric vehicles by plugging directly into Council lamp posts. The agreement will fast track the installation of an extra 50 SimpleSockets – ubitricity’s pioneering electric vehicle charging points, which draw 100 per cent renewable energy from street lamps across the Borough.
The technology was trialled by the Council earlier this year and is now being expanded to further increase ubitricity’s electric vehicle charging capacity across central London. The project – which will result in the largest charging network of its kind in central London– will be welcome news to half of Londoners (50 per cent) who, according to research commissioned by OVO, are put off buying an electric vehicle due to a lack of charging facilities.
SimpleSockets will be conveniently located next to pay and display parking bays and available for use twenty-four hours a day. With a low tariff of 15p per kwh of electricity, running an electric vehicle will be affordable as well as accessible.
Cllr Gerard Hargreaves, Kensington and Chelsea Council Lead Member for Transport, said: “There is growing demand for charging facilities and a growing number of electric vehicles in Kensington and Chelsea. Most residents do not have access to off-street parking to charge an electric vehicle. Retro-fitting street lamps with charging technology allows drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles closer to home, while helping to tackle air pollution in London. Lamp post charging is also more cost-effective and much less obtrusive as the charging points require no additional street furniture.”
Tom Pakenham, Head of Electric Vehicles, OVO said: “We’re delighted to support the expansion of this pioneering programme with ubitricity and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. With one million electric vehicles expected on the UK roads by 2022, it is important we continue to invest in technologies that solve the infrastructure challenges facing our cities.
“We want to remove barriers to electric vehicle adoption by providing innovative, simple and widely available urban charging solutions at a cost well below that of running a traditional car, and by giving people more control over their total energy usage. That’s also why we’ve aligned ourselves with the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and will introduce a V2G (vehicle to grid) charger in 2018 that will enable drivers to sell energy to the grid from their electric vehicles – ultimately generating their own clean power.”
ubitricity Founder Knut Hechtfischer said: “We’re proud to be delivering on this industry first, partnering with OVO to deliver more smart charging locations across London and provide more freedom for electric vehicle drivers.
“ubitricity’s smart charging solution allows customers to use their energy supplier when charging, rather than billing being decided by the charge point. This puts customers in the drivers’ seat when choosing where their electricity comes from, including a hundred per cent renewable sources.”
OVO is now calling on people to register their interest for improved urban charging access in their area here: https://www.ovoenergy.com/electric-cars/urban-charging
Notes to Editors
To access the network, users buy a cable with an inbuilt electricity meter from the service provider, Ubitricity. There are two pricing options:
Option one – buy a cable for £199 and join Ubitricity’ s monthly subscription scheme which costs £7.99 per month and charges 15 pence per kWh for electricity used.
Option two – buy a cable for £299 with no monthly subscription and charges 19 pence per kWh for electricity used.
With both options there will be additional charges of £1 for each charging session and a charge of £1 per hour after the first 24 hours of being plugged in – this is to stop people leaving their vehicle plugged in longer than they need to, and to maximise the number of vehicles that can be charged from each lamp column. These additional charges will be collected by Ubitricity and be paid to the Council.
This income will be used to help maintain the equipment and potentially fund future deployments and replacements.
The Council will begin installation of the new charge points in November and expects all the new charging points to be operational by the end of January 2018. More information can be found online: www.rbkc.gov.uk/electric-vehicles
OVO is the UK’s leading independent energy technology company and supplier. Across the group, OVO serves nearly one million customers with intelligent energy services. Founded in 2009 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, OVO redesigned the energy experience to be fairer, greener and simpler for all. The company has been recognised as the uSwitch Energy Supplier of the Year and ranked as number one in the 2015 and 2016 Which? energy customer satisfaction surveys.
The ubitricity Mobile Charging System offers the first possibility to roll out scalable charging infrastructure almost anywhere. To do this ubitricity developed its smart charging cable to perform all metering and billing technology, via the user’s mobile electricity contract. The discrete, low-profile charging spots produce next to no running costs and can be installed practically anywhere: a wall, a bollard or even integrated into an existing streetlight. The user portal then offers a transparent overview of all transaction data, with ubitricity managing charging and transaction data.
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1Monthly cost - Representative monthly direct debit costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying in advance by direct debit, including online discount. All rates correct as of 24/1/2018, but may go up or down.
2Weekly cost - Representative weekly costs based on a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas). All rates correct as of 22/11/2017, but may go up or down.
3Pay Monthly Savings claims: Saving based on the estimated annual cost of OVO Two year fixed tariff for a non-economy-7, dual-fuel, medium user (3100 kWhs elec. and 12500 kWhs gas) paying monthly in advance by direct debit, including online discount. Comparisons made against the average of the Big 6 standard variable tariffs with equivalent features. All rates correct as of 06/2/2018.“The Big 6” are British Gas, Scottish Power, SSE, Npower, E.ON and EDF.
4Pay As You Go Savings are based on the average estimated annual costs for new PAYG OVO customers quoted through the OVO website (based on household and/or consumption information provided by those customers), compared to their current supplier and tariff. Comparisons taken between 01/01/2016 and 11/10/16. Incl VAT. Actual savings may vary according to your current supplier or tariff, individual tariff options, household information, consumption and location.
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33% of your electricity comes from renewable sources: 33% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015. Renewable electricity is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
OVO Interest Rewards: Interest Rewards are paid on credit balances of customers paying by monthly Direct Debit. It is calculated at 3% in your first year, 4% in your second year and 5% in your third year (and every year thereafter) if you pay by Direct Debit. Interest Rewards are paid monthly based on the number of days you’re in credit and the amount left in your account after you’ve paid your bill. Full terms apply: https://www.ovoenergy.com/terms
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94% of surveyed customers would recommend us: OVO conducted a survey of their customers in between 1st January 2016 and 15th April 2016. Out of 15,312 customers who responded, over 94% rated OVO 6+ when asked 'how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend and family, on a scale of 1 to 10.
uSwitch's Energy Supplier of the Year 2017: OVO energy was voted and awarded 'Energy Supplier of the year' and best for: Overall Customer Satisfaction, Most Likely to be Recommended, Value for Money, Best Deal for You, Customer Service, Billing Services, Energy Efficiency, Meter Services, Online Services, Green Services and Transfer Process. OVO Energy scored a 96% customer satisfaction score.
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