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How EVs lead carbon reduction

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Thursday 13 February 2020

On average, your home energy use makes up a whopping 26% of your carbon footprint. It’s something we think about a lot at OVO, where we’re working towards a zero carbon future.

Intelligent connected devices – smart lighting, heating and vehicle charging – are a big part of our journey to zero carbon. And when you combine these smart devices with an electric vehicle (EV), and a home powered by renewables, the results can be amazing – journeys powered on nothing but green, renewable energy.

We’re backing EVs to be more than just a way to get from A to B. Your EV is a lean, green, money-making machine that can store energy, make money and reduce your carbon footprint too.

Here's how:

EVs dont create tailpipe emissions

Like a regular petrol or diesel vehicle, building an electric car still has a carbon footprint. But once the vehicle’s built, it runs on battery power and doesn’t create tailpipe emissions – supporting you to lower your carbon emissions.

Electric cars are a great way to improve air quality in cities, especially those with lots of congestion. Traditional cars are particularly bad for tailpipe emissions in stop-start traffic.

EVs are powered by renewables

After it’s been made, an electric car can be completely green if you charge it with renewable energy. Just buy energy from a green supplier (we know a pretty good one), charge at green rapid charge points or make your own electricity through solar or wind. Easy.

EVs power the grid

If your EV is vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable, then it’s essentially a battery on wheels. V2G means you can sell the energy stored in your vehicle back to the grid at times when more people need energy. 

You can then charge your vehicle at a cheaper rate when there’s less demand on the grid, making an overall profit. V2G works with other tech, too. If you have solar panels, you can use your car to import, export and store the solar energy you generate.


Keen to find out more about V2G and OVO? Head here.

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