Recent research1 from E.ON UK reveals that nine in ten (89%) Brits have being more environmentally friendly on their list of priorities for 2021.Following these findings, E.ON Next – the newest face of E.ON in the UK - launches a smart app and tariff bundle that that helps electric vehicle (EV) drivers to become more sustainable.
The UK EV market is expected to grow at a rate of 45% year on year, with 11m EV drivers expected on UK roads by 2030. To keep-up with these significant trends the innovative tariff and app bundle ‘Next Drive’ has been launched by E.ON Next in the UK today. The solution has been designed and developed in collaboration of E.ON Infrastructure Services, E.ON Next, E.ON Innovation and ev.energy.
Alongside ensuring that the home charging process is as simple as possible, the collaboration aims to provide an exclusive E.ON Next energy product that fits with new energy usage patterns and optimises green energy consumption. “Through E.ON Next, we’re giving people simple ways to make their heating and hot water and their driving more sustainable.”, said Michael Lewis, E.ON UK CEO.
Next Drive intelligently optimises charging to save costs and carbon and automatically schedules charging at cheapest off-peak times between 12am and 4am. During this time period the tariff allows drivers to charge their cars at a fixed price of 4p per kWh (compared to 17.6p per kWh outside this time period), potentially saving customers up to £188 a year2.
The innovative Next Drive app uses ev.energy’s platform, which wirelessly connects to a range of vehicles and chargers, so it’s accessible to a broad customer base in the UK. Nick Woolley, Co-founder and CEO of ev.energy, said: “We’re proud to be working with E.ON to deliver more sustainable and cheaper electric vehicle charging to customers across the UK. By using the Next Drive app powered by ev.energy’s Application Programming Interfaces and algorithms, E.ON Next customers can automatically capture the cheaper off-peak price, and charge at the greenest times on the grid.”
1 Research conducted on behalf of E.ON by OnePoll on 2,000 British adults between 9th - 11th December 2020.
2 The saving is compared to an electricity bill with the Next Online tariff and would be the expected rebate amount, averaged across all regions for a customer using 4,300 kWh of electricity in their home, with an additional 2,200 kWh used to charge their car. We assume 1,320 kWh of these happen during off-peak hours at the lower price and 800 kWh of charging outside of these hours.